1 Once more the children’s Sabbath day
In beauty dawns o’er land and sea;
The earth appears in bright array,
While voices ring with music free;
Within God’s temple far and near,
O’er all the land, together meet
The children who to Christ are dear,
To sing His praise with voices sweet.
They come, they come with songs of love;
Their willing hands glad off’rings bring
Unto the Lord who reigns above,
And sweetly they His praises sing.
2 Melodious are the songs that rise
Today upon the balmy air;
Into the bright blue summer skies
Floats grandly up the chorus clear;
From every field and glen and hill
Ring out the wild bird’s merry lays;
Their melodies with gladness fill
Each heart upon this day of days. [Refrain]
3 O fair, sweet day! we welcome thee;
Thine hours are filled with joy and light,
With myriad blossoms, perfume free,
And glad young faces sweet and bright.
O may thy memory live for aye
Within each tender child-like heart,
The teachings of this gladsome day
From out their young lives ne’er depart! [Refrain]
Ida Lilliard Reed, 1865-1951
Born: November 30, 1865, near Arden, Barbour County, West Virginia.
Died: July 8, 1951, Arden, West Virginia.
Buried: Ebenezer Methodist Church, Arden, West Virginia.
Reed is said to have written 2,000 hymns in her lifetime. In 1939, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers recognized her "substantial contribution to American music" by awarding her a small "weekly bonus."
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