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6609. There Is an Hour of Peaceful Rest

1. There is an hour of peaceful rest,
To mourning wand’rers given;
There is a joy for souls distressed,
A balm for every wounded breast,
’Tis found above in Heav’n.

2. There is a soft, a downy bed,
Far from these shades of even—
A couch for weary mortals spread,
Where they may rest the aching head
And find repose in Heaven.

3. There is a home for weary souls
By sin and sorrow driven;
When tossed on life’s tempestuous shoals,
When storms arise, and ocean rolls,
And all is drear but Heav’n.

4. There, faith lifts up her cheerful eye,
To brighter prospects given;
And views the tempest passing by,
The evening shadows quickly fly,
And all serene in Heav’n.

5. There, fragrant flowers, immortal bloom,
And joys supreme are given;
There, rays divine disperse the gloom:
Beyond the confines of the tomb,
Appears the dawn of Heav’n.

Text Information
First Line: There is an hour of peaceful rest
Title: There Is an Hour of Peaceful Rest
Author: William B. Tappan (1818)
Meter: 86.88.6
Language: English
Source: It was published in the first volume of his Poems in 1818
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Tappan wrote this hymn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Franklin Gazette.
Tune Information
Composer: Nathaniel Duren Gould (1840)
Meter: 86.88.6
Incipit: 13353 23235 51233
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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