O stay thy tears, for they are blest

O stay thy tears, for they are blest

Author: Andrews Norton
Published in 33 hymnals

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O, stay thy tears! for they are blest
Whose days are past, whose toil is done;
Here midnight care disturbs our rest,
Here sorrow dims the morning sun.

For laboring virtue’s anxious toil,
For patient sorrow’s stifled sigh,
For faith that marks the conqueror’s spoil,
Heaven grants the recompense,—to die.

How blest are they whose transient years
Pass like an evening meteor’s flight,
Not dark with guilt, nor dim with tears,
Whose course is short, unclouded, bright!

O, cheerless were our lengthened way,
But heaven’s own light dispels the gloom,
Streams downward from eternal day,
And sheds a glory round the tomb!

Then stay thy tears,—the blest above
Have hailed a spirit’s heavenly birth,
Sung a new song of joy and love;
Then why should anguish reign on earth?



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #346

Author: Andrews Norton

Norton, Andrews, D.D., son of Samuel Norton, was born at Higham, Massachusetts, Dec. 31, 1786, and was educated at Higham, and at Harvard College. After being engaged there for a short time as a tutor, he was appointed Librarian, and subsequently Lecturer on Biblical Criticism, as successor to Dr. Channing. When the Theological School was opened in 1819 he became Dexter Professor of Literature. This position he held until 1830. He died at Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 18, 1853. He was for some time editor of the General Repository and Review, and published several prose works, one of the most extensive being The Genuineness of the Gospels, in 4 volumes. His hymns are few in number, and are mainly meditations in verse. They were contributed t… Go to person page >

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Author: Andrews Norton

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #346Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #346Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #358Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #685Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #570Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #596Page Scan
Children's Praise: a book of prayers and hymns for the children of the church #124Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #527Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #682Page Scan
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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #727Page Scan
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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #643Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #569Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #569Page Scan
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Jubilant Voices #d125
National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #10Page Scan
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Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #415Page Scan
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Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #43Page Scan
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The Baptist Praise Book #1108Page Scan
The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d136
The Choral: a Collection of Church Music, Adapted to the Worship of All Denominations #d156
The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #456Page Scan
The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d81
The Primitive Hymns, Spiritual Songs and Sacred Poems Regularly Selected, Classified and Set in Order ... Stereotype ed. #d438
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #1108Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #1108Page Scan
The Victory #d284



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