Christian Worship Sweet To The Soul The Parting Ray

Sweet to the soul the parting ray,
That ushers placid evening in,
When with the still, expiring day,
The Sabbath’s peaceful hours begin;
How grateful to the anxious breast,
The sacred hours of holy rest.

Hushed is the tumult of this day,
And worldly cares and business cease;
While soft the vesper breezes play,
To hymn the glad return of peace.
O season blest! O moment given
To turn the vagrant thoughts to heaven.

Oft as this hallowed hour shall come,
O raise my thoughts from earthly things,
And bear them to my heavenly home,
On living faith’s immortal wings-
Till the last gleam of life decay,
In one eternal Sabbath day.