Blest hour, when mortal man retires

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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.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #216

Author: Thomas Raffles

Thomas Raffles was born in London in 1788. He studied at Homerton College, and in 1809 became pastor of a Congregational society at Hammersmith. In 1812, he removed to Liverpool, where he was minister in the Great George Street chapel. This position he held for forty-nine years. He died at Liverpool, in 1863. He published several sermons, letters of travel, poems, and hymns for the use of his congregation. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest hour, when mortal man retires
Author: Thomas Raffles
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Blest hour when mortal man retires. T. Raffles. [Hour of Prayer.] Printed in the Amulet for 1829, pp. 304-5, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. One of the first to adapt it to congregational use was the Rev. J. Bickersteth, who included 4 stanzas in his Psalms & Hymns, 1832, as No. 242. Its modern use in any form in Great Britain is almost unknown, but in America it is one of the most popular of Dr. Raffles’s hymns, and is given in many of the leading collections. The full text is No. 883 in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. Dr. Hatfield dates the hymn 1828, probably because contributions to the Amulet of 1829 would be sent to the editor in 1828.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d92

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #7

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Church Melodies #146

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d90

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Conference Hymns #209

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Evangelical Hymnal #8

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d43

Forest Songs for Chautauqua Assemblies #d4

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #757

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #45

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #50

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a50

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #757

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #181

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #181

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Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #8

Hymnal and Ritual Services for the Union Gospel Church #d8

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #45

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #45

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Hymnal #41

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #813

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Hymns and Tunes #68

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #44

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #44

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Hymns for Schools #247

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #316

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #791

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d126

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Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #a51

Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d21

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Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #a27

Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d14

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #178

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #178

Our Glad Hosanna #d31

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Plymouth Collection #a12

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #12

Prison Hymn Book #d34

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #298

Sacred Lyrics #d7

Sacred Melodies #d4

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Sacred Poetry #222

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Sacred Praise #179

Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d25

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Social Hymns and Tunes, for the Conference and Prayer Meeting, and the Home with services and prayers #27

Songs for the New Life #d54

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b83

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #83

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #83

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #83

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Songs for the Sanctuary #83

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Songs for the Sanctuary #83

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Songs for the Sanctuary #83

Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d56

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Songs of the Church #871

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d107

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The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book #41

The Baptist Hymn and Praise Book #d53

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #68

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #17.68

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #12

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The Baptist Hymn Book #68

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The Baptist Psalmody #866

The Book of Praise #d70

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The Book of Worship #172

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The Brethren Hymnal #24

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #53

The Canadian Baptist Hymnal for the use of Churches and Families #d73

The Choralist #d37

The Christian Hymn Book #d84

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The Christian Hymn Book #679

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d87

The Christian Hymnal #d74

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The Christian Hymnal #301

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The Christian hymnal #253

The Christian Hymnist #d61

The Christian Lyre #d46

The Church Hymnal #28

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d91

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #405

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The Cyber Hymnal #514

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #407

The Devotional Hymn Book #d66

The Gospel Hymnal #d67

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The Harp #527

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a527

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #492

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The Jubilee Harp #51

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