216. Blest hour, when mortal man retires

1 Blest hour, when mortal man retires
To hold communion with his God,
To send to heaven his warm desires,
And listen to the sacred word.

2 Blest hour, when earthly cares resign
Their empire o'er his anxious breast;
While all around, the calm divine
Proclaims the holy day of rest.

3 Blest hour, when God himself draws nigh,
Well please his people's voice to hear,
To hush the penitential sigh,
And wipe away the mourner's tear.

4 Blest hour! for, where the Lord resorts,
Foretastes of future bliss are given;
And mortals find his earthly courts
The house of God, the gate of heaven.

Text Information
First Line: Blest hour, when mortal man retires
Author: Thomas Raffles
Publication Date: 1886
Topic: Worship: The Sabbath
Tune Information
Composer: Lowell Mason
Meter: L.M.
Key: B♭ Major
Notes: Alternate tunes: #58, 47, or 212.

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