Peacefully Sleep

Peacefully lay her [him] down to rest

Author: Theodore E. Perkins
Published in 27 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Peacefully lay (her him) down to rest;
Place the turf kindly o'er (her his) breast;
Sweet be the slumber 'neath the sod,
While the pure soul is resting with God.

Peacefully sleep,
Sleep till that morning,
Yes, peacefully sleep.

2 Close to (her his) lone and narrow house,
Gracefully wave, ye willow boughs;
Flow'rs of the wildwood odors shed
Over the holy, beautiful dead. [Refrain]

3 Quietly sleep, beloved one,
Rest from thy toil, thy labor's done;
Rest till the trump from th' op'ning skies
Bids thee from dust to glory arise! [Refrain]

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #972

Author: Theodore E. Perkins

Theodore E. Perkins was born at Poughkeepsie, on the Hudson, N.Y., July 21, 1831. His father was a Baptist clergyman. The family of ten brothers and sisters sang and played various instruments, forming among themselves both choir and orchestra. His musical education began at the early age of three years. During his father's pastorate at Hamilton, N. Y., the choir rehearsals were often held at the parsonage, and the leader used to place the three-year-old on a small stool, on the table around which the choir was assembled, giving him a chance to both see and hear. Later on he played the violincello in church, standing on a stool in order to finger the instrument. The home gatherings — especially on Thanksgiving Day, are the recollectio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Peacefully lay her [him] down to rest
Title: Peacefully Sleep
Author: Theodore E. Perkins
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Peacefully sleep
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 27 of 27)

Association Songs No.1 #d131

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Bradbury's Golden Chain of Sabbath School Melodies #24

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Christian Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #618

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Church and Sunday School Hymnal with Supplement #169

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Crystal Gems for the Sabbath School #112

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Hymn, Tune, and Service Book for Sunday Schools #17

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Hymns and Songs for Children's Worship, Together with Selections for Anniversary and Festive Occasions #40

Hymns of Calvary, a Choice Collection of Old and New Century Hymns and Songs #d177

Living Songs of Faith and Hope #d139

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d232

Songs of Praise #d87

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Songs Tried and Proved #132

Sweet Harmonies (A New Song Book) #d132

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The Brethren Hymnal #541

The Brethren's Sunday School Song Book #d116

The Children's Church #d119


The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #972

The Clariona #d167

The Gospel Alarm #d128

The Highway to Heaven #d121

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The New Golden Chain of Sabbath School Melodies #24a

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The New Song #208

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The Plymouth Sabbath School Collection of Hymns and Tunes #241b

The Praise #d222

The Sabbath School Timbrel ... On the Same Notation as "The Timbrel of Zion" #d60

The Temple Harp #d257

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