Welcome, sweet day of rest
Welcome, sweet day of rest. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748).
First published in Watts’s Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), Book II, ‘Composed on Divine Subjects, Conformable to the Word of God’. It was Hymn XIV, entitled ‘The Lord’s Day; or, Delight in Ordinances’:
Welcome sweet Day of Rest, That saw the Lord arise;Welcome to this reviving Brest, And these rejoycing Eyes!
The King himself comes near, And feasts his Saints to Day, Here we may sit, and see him near, And love and praise and pray.
One Day amidst the Place, Where my dear God hath beenIs sweeter than ten thousand days Of pleasurable Sin.
My willing Soul would stay In such a Frame as this, And sit and sing her...
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