A Rest Remaineth for the Weary

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Melody - "Wie wohl ist mir", Halle, 1704; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Johann S. Kunth, 1730; German text

A rest remaineth for the weary;
Arise, sad heart, and grieve no more;
Tho' long the way and dark and dreary,
It endeth on the golden shore.
Before His throne the Lamb will lead thee,
On heav'nly pastures He will feed thee.
Cast off thy burden, come with haste;
Soon will the toil and strife be ended,
The weary way which thou hast wended.
Sweet is the rest which thou shalt taste.

2. The Father's house has many a dwelling,
And there will be a place for thee.
With perfect love His heart is welling
Who loved thee from eternity.
His precious blood the Lamb hath given
That thou might'st share the joys of heaven,
And now He calleth far and near:
"Ye weary souls, cease your repining,
Come while for you My light is shining;
Come, sweetest rest awaits you here!"

3. O come, come all, ye weak and weary,
Ye souls bowed down with many a care;
Arise and leave your dungeons dreary
And listen to His promise fair:
"Ye bore your burdens meek and lowly,
I will fulfil My pledge most holy,
I'll be your Solace and your Rest.
Ye are Mine own, I will requite you;
Tho' sin and Satan seek to smite you,
Rejoice! Your home is with the blest."

7. There rest and peace in endless measure
Shall be ours thro' eternity;
No grief, no care, shall mar our pleasure,
And untold bliss our lot shall be.
Oh, had we wings to hasten yonder
No more o'er earthly ills to ponder
To join the glad, triumphant band!
Make haste, my soul, forget all sadness;
For peace awaits thee, joy and gladness,
The perfect rest is nigh at hand.


Note: this is a variant tune. The last line of each verse is additional.

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