O weary hands! (Martin A. Cheek)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 589 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O weary hands!
Composer: Martin A. Cheek
Lyricist: Florence Tylercreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1893 in the Musical Herald

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Original text and translations

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O weary Hands! that, all the day,
   Were set to labor hard and long,
Now softly fall the shadows gray,
   The bells are rung for even song.
An hour ago the golden sun
   Sank slowly down into the west;
Poor, weary hands, your toil is done;
   ’Tis time for rest!— ’tis time for rest!

O weary Feet! That many a mile
   Have trudged along a stony way,
At last ye reach the trysting stile;
   No longer fear to go astray.
The gently bending, rustling trees
   Rock the young birds within the nest,
And softly sings the quiet breeze;
   “’Tis time for rest!— ’tis time for rest!”

O weary Eyes! from which the tears
   Fell many a time like thunder rain—
O weary Heart! that through the years
   Heat with such bitter, restless pain.
To’night forget the stormy strife,
   And know, what Heaven shall send is best;
Lay down the tangled web of life;
   ’Tis time for rest!— ’tis time for rest!