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In the shadow of the cross

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1 I am resting in the shadow
Of the cross of Calvary;
Long I shunned its shade inviting,
Now so grateful unto me.
Worldly gain and worldly pleasure
Once declared my joy to be
Are eclipsed beyond all measure
While my dying Lord I see.

Refrain:
I am resting, sweetly resting:
'Tis the safest place for me
To be resting in the shadow
Of the cross of Calvary.

2 O 'twere hard thro' all life's journey,
Tolling 'neath a burning sun,
Hard to think no rest is offered
Till the long, long day is done.
Hush! my heart, there is a solace,
'Tis this precious thought to me:
I will kneel, and rest a moment
In the shade of Calvary. [Refrain]

3 Rest is sweet to pilgrims weary,
Earnest toil brings calm repose;
They who wait for days' declining,
Find no pleasure at its close.
Rest not, then, though but a moment,
In the shade that self may cast:
Lift the cross, and in its shadow
Find eternal rest at last. [Refrain]

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1200

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I am resting in the shadow
Title: In the shadow of the cross
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I am resting, sweetly resting
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1200

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