Lord of the Sabbath, hear our vows

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1 Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray,
in this your house, on this your day;
and own, as grateful sacrifice,
the songs which from your temple rise.

2 Now met to pray and bless your name,
whose mercies flow each day the same,
whose kind compassions never cease,
we seek instruction, pardon, peace.

3 Your earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love,
but there's a nobler rest above;
to that our lab'ring souls aspire
with ardent hope and strong desire.

4 In thy blest kingdom we shall be
from ev'ry mortal trouble free;
no sighs shall mingle with the songs
Resounding from immortal tongues;

5 No rude alarms of raging foes;
no cares to break the long repose;
no midnight shade, no waning moon,
but sacred, high, eternal noon.

6 O long-expected day, begin,
dawn on these realms of woe and sin!
Break, morn of God, upon our eyes;
and let the world's true Sun arise!

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #390

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord of the Sabbath, hear our vows
Author: Philip Doddridge (1737)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord of the Sabbath, hear our vows. P. Doddridge. [Sunday, or Divine Worship.] This hymn, beginning "O God of Sabbath, hear our vows," is No. 30 in the D. MSS., is dated "Jan. 2, 1736-7," and headed "The Eternal Sabbath. From Heb. iv. 9." In Job Orton's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 310, it was given as "Lord of the Sabbath," &c, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and with the same title, and repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 336. In Mr. Brooke's manuscript, 1739-40, it reads "O God of Sabbath," &c. The 1755 text is in use in most English-speaking countries, but the most popular form of the hymn is that beginning "Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray" particulars of which, and other arrangements of the hymn, we here append:—
1. Thine earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love. This cento, composed of stanzas ii.-iv. and ii., was given as No. 352 in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, and is found in full or in part in several modern hymnals.
2. Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray. This altered text appeared in Cotterill's Selection, 8th ed., 1819, No. 4 (the original as in Orton having been in former editions), and is by Cotterill, or James Montgomery, or possibly the joint work of the two. Of this text, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, stanzas i., iii., iv., vi. are altered from Doddridge, and stanzas ii., v., are new. This text was repeated in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825; and again, either in its full or in an abridged form, in a large number of hymn-books in Great Britain and America.
3. O Lord of holy Rest, we pray. This form of the hymn appeared in R. C. Singleton's Anglican Hymn Book, 1868. It is from the Doddridge-Cotterill text, with alterations, and a slight return to the original.
When these forms of the hymn are taken together, it is found that its use is very extensive in all English-speaking countries, the Doddridge-Cotterill text being the most popular.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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