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Hymn score of: Oft comes to me a blessed hour - The Sabbath year (Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Oft comes to me a blessed hour - The Sabbath year
(Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The Sabbath year.

Hebrews 4,10.

1. Oft comes to me a blessed hour,
  a wondrous hour and still –
with empty hands I lay me down,
  no more to work or will. (PDF - Midi)

2. An hour when weary thought has ceased,
  the eyes are closed in rest;
and, hushed in Heaven's untroubled peace,
  I lie upon thy breast.

3. Erewhile I reasoned of thy truth,
  I searched with toil and care;
from morn to night I tilled my field,
  and yet my field was bare.

4. Now, fed with corn from fields of Heaven,
  the fruit of Hands Divine,
I pray no prayer, for all is given,
  the Bread of God is mine.

5. There lie my books – for all I sought
  my heart possesses now.
The words are sweet that tell thy love,
  the love itself art thou.

6. One line I read – and then no more –
  I close the book to see
no more the symbols and the sign,
  but Christ revealed to me.

7. And thus my worship is, delight –
  my work, to see his Face,
with folded hands and silent lips
  within his Holy place.

8. Thus oft to busy men I seem
  a cumberer of the soil;
the dreamer of an empty dream
  whilst others delve and toil.

9. O brothers! in these silent hours
  God's miracles are wrought;
he giveth his beloved in sleep
  a treasure all unsought.

10. I sit an infant at his feet
  where moments teach me more
than all the toil, and all the books
  of all the ages hoar.

11. I sought the truth, and found but doubt –
  I wandered far abroad;
I hail the truth already found
  within the heart of God.

Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso and others 1, 1899, 32-34.

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