Welcome, sweet day of rest

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1 Welcome, sweet day of rest,
That saw the Lord arise;
Welcome to this reviving breast,
And these rejoicing eyes!

2 The King Himself comes near,
And feast His saints today;
Here may we sit, and see Him here,
And love, and praise, and pray.

3 One day within the place
Which Thou dost Lord, frequent
Is sweeter than ten thousand days
In sinful pleasure spent.

4 My willing soul would stay
In such a frame as this,
And sit and sing herself away
To everlasting bliss.

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #27

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Welcome, sweet day of rest, That saw the Lord arise
Title: Welcome, sweet day of rest
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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