Asleep in Jesus! Blessed Sleep Lyrics
Author: Margaret Mackay (1832)
1 Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep!
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.
2 Asleep in Jesus! O how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet!
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost his venomed sting.
3 Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest!
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
That manifests the Savior’s power.
4 Asleep in Jesus! O for me
May such a blissful refuge be!
Securely shall my ashes lie,
waiting the summons from on high.
Asleep in Jesus Blessed Sleep Hymn Story
Asleep in Jesus, Blessed sleep is a hymn that was composed by Margaret Mackay in 1832. It came about after Margaret Mackay visited a church graveyard in Devonshire in the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Mackay and friends were travelling in the beautiful roads and lanes of Devonshire when they came across a beautiful church graveyard and decided to stop and visit and look at the graves.
The churchyard was very well cared for, and the grass was green according to Mrs. Mackay. She said, “It was a place of such sweet, entire repose as to leave a lasting impression on the memory.”
As they were strolling around, they came across a headstone that read, “Sleeping in Jesus”. These words together with the beautiful surroundings fastened themselves on Mrs. Mackay mind.
When they arrived home Mrs. Mackay took pen and paper and penned this beautiful hymn that continues to bless us to this day.
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