Sleep on, beloved (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-13)  CPDL #52613:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. transposed up a semitone.

General Information

Title: Sleep on, beloved
Tune: The blessed rest
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Sarah Doudney

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 10. 10 4

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 206, p. 128


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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour's breast;
We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best -
Goodnight! Goodnight!

2. Calm is thy slumber as an infant's sleep;
But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep;
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep -
Goodnight! Goodnight!

3. Until the shadows from the earth are cast,
Until He gathers in His sheaves at last,
Until the twilight gloom be overpast -
Goodnight! Goodnight!

4. Until the Easter glory lights the skies,
Until the dead in Jesus shall arise,
And He shall come, but not in lowly guise -
Goodnight! Goodnight!

5. Until, made beautiful by Love divine,
Thou, in the likeness of thy Lord shall shine,
And He shall bring that golden crown of thine -
Goodnight! Goodnight!

6. Only "Goodnight", beloved, not "Farewell!"
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hallowed union, indivisible -
Goodnight! Goodnight!!

7. Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives his own,
Until we know, even as we are known -
Goodnight! Goodnight.