God the Creator blessed

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God the Creator bless'd
The Sabbath of His rest;
His six days' work had brought
The universe from nought;
The heavens and earth before Him stood,
He saw them, and pronounced them good.

God the Redeemer bless'd
The Sabbath of His rest,
When, all His sufferings done,
The Cross's victory won,
In Joseph's sepulchre He lay,
And rested on the Sabbath Day.

And God the Spirit bless'd
The Christian Day of rest,
Where (met with one accord)
The servants of the Lord,
To whom the Father's promise came,
Like rushing wind and living flame.

The Church below hath bless'd
Her own sweet Day of rest,
When, in her spousal dress
Of blood-bought righteousness,
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Her happy spirit can rejoice
To hear her heavenly Bridegroom's voice.

They love the Sabbath Day,
Who love to sing and pray;
The Day of rest they love,
Who seek their rest above;
They love the Day of God in seven,
Who prize an antepast of heaven.

My God, the Day is Thine;
O may I make it mine!
By hallowing it to Thee,
'Tis hallow'd twice to me;
And when with Thee my heart is right,
I call it holy--a delight.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: God the Creator blessed
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8
Language: English

Notes

God the Creator bless'. J. Montgomery. [Sunday.] Written in May, 1838, and published in a small pamphlet entitled, A Message from the Moon, and Other Poems. [1838.] In 1839 it was also given in Votive Offerings; or a Help to Stannington Church. This was a small volume, and was sold for the benefit of the funds of Stannington Church, near Sheffield. In 1853 the hymn, somewhat altered (stanza iii., line 2, "Christian Day," for "Christian's Day," line 3, "where (met..)" for "when met. .," stanza iv. line 1, "The Church below hath bless'd," for "The Church hath ever bless'd") was given in Montgomery's Original Hymns, No. 11, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and entitled "The Sabbath." It is in several modern American hymn-books, but is almost unknown to the collections in Great Britain.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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