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,
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
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)
|Instances (1 - 6 of 6)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Hymns #34||God the Creator bless'd||God the Creator bless'd||1859|
|A Selection of Hymns: designed as a supplement to the "psalms and hymns" of the Presbyterian church #58||God, the Creator, blessed the Sabbath||God, the Creator, blessed the Sabbath||1861||The Lord's Day ||
|Hymns for Church and Home #37||God, the Creator, blessed the Sabbath||God, the Creator, blessed the Sabbath||Montgomery||1860|
|Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern: for the use of all who love to sing the praises of God in Christ, in the family, the school, or the church; with a discourse on music as a divine ordinance... #116||God the Creator blessed||God the Creator blessed||1872|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #11||God the Creator blessed||God the Creator blessed||James Montgomery||126.96.36.199.8.8||1854|
|Worship in the School Room: a manual of devotion intended especially for the school, also adapted to the family #228||God, the Creator, blessed the Sabbath||God, the Creator, blessed the Sabbath||LISCHER||Montgomery||1865|