“O Day of Rest and Gladness” by Christopher Wordsworth, 1808-1885 Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.9
1. O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light, O balm of care and sadness, Most beautiful, most bright, On thee the high and lowly Before th’ eternal throne Sing, “Holy, holy, holy,” To the great Three in One.
2. On thee at the Creation The light first had its birth; On thee for our salvation Christ rose from depth of earth; On thee our Lord victorious The Spirit sent from heaven, And thus on thee, most glorious, A threefold light was given.
3. Thou art a cooling fountain In life’s dry, dreary sand; From thee, like Nebo’s mountain, We view our Promised Land; A day of sweet reflection, A day of holy love, A day of resurrection From earth to things above.
4. Today on weary nations The heavenly 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 her voice upraises To Thee, blest Three in One.