Rest from thy labours

Rest from thy labor, rest

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 31 hymnals

Representative Text

Rest from thy labours, rest,
Soul of the just set free!
Blest be thy memory, and blest
Thy bright example be.

Now toil and conflict o'er,
Go, take with saints thy place,
But go, as each hath gone before,
A sinner saved by grace.

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Lord Christ, into Thy hands,
Our pastor we resign;
And now we wait Thy own commands,--
We were not his but Thine.

Thou art Thy Church's Head,
And when the members die,
Thou raisest others in their stead,--
To Thee we lift our eye;--

On Thee our hopes depend,
We gather round our Rock,
Send whom Thou wilt, but condescend
Thyself to feed Thy flock.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Rest from thy labor, rest
Title: Rest from thy labours
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

Rest from thy labour, rest. J. Montgomery. [Death and Burial of a Minister. ] Montgomery was received into the Moravian communion as a member of that Society by the Rev. Christian Ramftler. Mr. Ramftler died at Bristol on Oct. 25, 1832. In the letter which conveyed to him the sad intelligence, Montgomery was requested to write a suitable hymn for the approaching Lovefeast at Bristol. The response was this hymn, which was first sung in public at Bristol Memoirs, v. 66). It was included in Montgomery's Original Hymns, 1853, No. 307, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "On the death of a Minister." On Jan. 22, 1851, Montgomery wrote a hymn on the death of the Rev. Dr. Sutton, Vicar of Sheffield, which began with the same opening stanza. This hymn is not in the Original Hymns, nor in common use. The original is in a large number of hymn-books. In 1849 st. iii.-v. were given in Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, No. 494, and have been repeated in several later collections as "Lord Christ, into Thy hands." The early date of this cento suggests that the hymn was published before it appeared in the Original Hymns, 1853, and possibly in a magazine, but it has not been traced to any work of the kind.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #967

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A Selection of Hymns #271

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d757

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #746

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Church Psalmist #521

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Church Psalmist #521

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Church Psalmist #521

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Church Psalmody #621

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #992

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #992

Hymns for Schools and Families #d401

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #256

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #508

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #508

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #1091

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d408

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #1300

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d677

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #307

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Seamen's Hymns #521

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d500

Social Hymn and Tune Book #d335

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Social Hymn Book #400

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Social Psalmist #521

The Book of Praise #d648

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The Brethren Hymnody #224

The Church Harp. Rev. ed. #d102

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #751

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The Voice of Praise #891

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