Gently Raise the Sacred Strain

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, 1840

Hymn 145
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1. Gently raise the sacred strain,
For the Sabbath's come again,
That man may rest,
And return his thanks to God
For his blessings to the blest.

2. Holy day, devoid of strife,
For to seek eternal life,
That great reward,
And partake the sacrament,
In remembrance of our Lord.

3. Sweetly swell the solemn sound,
While we bring our gifts around,
Of broken hearts,
As a willing sacrifice,
Showing what his grace imparts.

4. Happy type of things to come,
When the saints are gathered home,
To praise the Lord,
In eternity of bless,
All as one with one accord.

5. Holy, holy is the Lord,
Precious, precious is his word,
Repent and love;
Though your sins are crimson red,
O repent and he'll forgive.

6. Softly sing the joyful lay
For the saints to fast and pray,
As God ordains,
For his goodness and his love
While the Sabbath day remains.