203. O Day of Rest and Gladness

1 O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright:
On you the high and lowly,
Through ages joined in tune,
Sing, "Holy, holy, holy,"
To the great God triune.

2 On you at earth's creation
The light first had its birth;
On you for our salvation
Christ rose from depths of earth;
On you our Lord victorious
The Spirit sent from heav'n;
And thus on you, most glorious,
A three-fold light was giv'n.

3 Today on weary nations
The heav'nly manna falls;
To holy convocations
The silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing
With pure and radiant beams
And living water flowing
With soul-refreshing streams.

5 New graces ever gaining
From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining
To spirits of the blest.
To Holy Ghost be praises,
To Father, and to Son;
The Church its voice upraises
To you, blest Three in One.

Text Information
First Line: O day of rest and gladness
Title: O Day of Rest and Gladness
Author: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-85 (alt.)
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Beginning of Service; Sunday
Tune Information
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: A Major
Source: Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Hofkapelle, W├╝rttemberg, 1784

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