Resting from His work to-day
Resting from His work today. Thomas Whytehead* (1815-1843).
This is one of the few hymns for the Saturday of Holy Week, or Easter Even. It was the last in a series entitled ‘Hymns towards a Holy Week’ in Whytehead’s Poems (1842). This was the last hymn, ‘Seventh Day’, or ‘Seventh Day’s Hymn’ (counting seven days, including Palm Sunday).
It was well known in Britain in the 19th century with the first line as ‘Sabbaths of the saints of old’ (Whytehead’s first line) , under which heading it is annotated in JJ, p. 984. It was noted there that Whytehead’s original stanzas, printed below, formed the basis of a number of shorter hymns beginning ‘Sabbaths of the saints of old’. The text in...
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