O Rest Awhile

O rest awhile, but only for awhile

Author: Thomas T. Lynch
Published in 4 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Oh, rest a while, but only for a while;
Life’s business presses, and the time is short:
Ease may the weary of reward beguile;
Let not the workman lose what he has wrought.

2 Rest for a while, if only for a while.
The strong birds tire, and gladly seek their nest:
With quiet heart enjoy Heaven’s quiet smile;
What strength has he who never takes his rest?

3 Rest for a while, though ’tis but for a while;
Home flies the bee, then soon re-quits the hive:
Rest on thy staff, walk then another mile;
Soon will the long, the final rest arrive.

4 Oh, rest awhile, for rest is self-return;
Leave the loud world, and visit thine own breast;
The meaning of thy labors thou wilt learn,
When thus at peace, with Jesus for thy guest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14745

Author: Thomas T. Lynch

Lynch, Thomas Toke, was born at Dunmow, Essex, July 5, 1818, and educated at a school at Islington, in which he was afterwards an usher. For a few months he was a student at the Highbury Independent College; but withdrew, partly on account of failing health, and partly because his spirit was too free to submit to the routine of College life. From 1847 to 1849 he was Minister of a small charge at Highgate, and from 1849 to 1852 of a congregation in Mortimer Street, which subsequently migrated to Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square. From 1856 to 1859 he was laid aside by illness. In 1860 he resumed his ministry with his old congregation, in a room in Gower Street, where he remained until the opening of his new place of worship, in 1862, (Morningto… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O rest awhile, but only for awhile
Title: O Rest Awhile
Author: Thomas T. Lynch
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #14745
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The Cyber Hymnal #14745

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