"This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." -- Psalm 118:24
"Hallelujah! Schoener Morgen."
transl., Jane Borthwick, 1858
Hallelujah! Fairest morning,
Fairer than my words can say,
Down I lay tbe heavy burden
Of life's toil and care to-day;
While this morn of joy and love
Brings fresh vigor from above.
Sunday, full of holy glory!
Sweetest rest-day of the soul,
Light upon a darkened world
From thy blessed moments roll.
Holy, happy heavenly day,
Thou canst charm my grief away!
Now I taste my Father's goodness,
Falling like the morning dew,
While of pastures even fairer
I would take a distant view;
Where my Shepherd's flock I see,
Where my dwelling soon shall be!
Oh! be silent, earthly turmoil,
I have work more sweet and blest,
And each thought would gather homeward
On this happy day of rest.
Thus with clearer faith to see
All my Lord has done for me.
In the gladness of His worship,
I will seek my joy to-day:
It is then I learn the fullness
Of the grace for which I pray;
When the word of life is given
Like the Saviour's voice from heaven.
Let the day's sweet hours be ended
Prayerfully, as they began;
And Thy blessing Lord, be granted,
Till earth's days and weeks are done;
That at last Thy servant may
Keep eternal Sabbath day.