Rest from thy labours

Rest from thy labor, rest

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 31 hymnals

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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.

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

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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


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

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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: with tunes #1091

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d408

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Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #1300

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d677


Sacred Poems and Hymns #307

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Seamen's Hymns #521

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d500

The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d648

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: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #891

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