Award of Distinction
2011 LDS Church Music Submission Awards, Hymn Text Division

The Sabbath Dawns a Holier Light

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The Sabbath Dawns a Holier Light" encourages us to learn to make the Sabbath a delight, by using it as an opportunity to grow in godliness.

Text: Toni Thomas   Music: Brett Stewart

The Sabbath Dawns a Holier Light,

The works of common days now cease;

The way of truth is near and bright;

Now strife and care find sweet release.

As I renew my covenants,

The promises that bind and bless,

Sweet Sabbath day, my sure defense,

Teach me to dwell in righteousness.


This Sabbath day I make a place

For holier thoughts and higher praise,

To mend desire, refine my tastes,

And fit my heart for heaven's grace.

For if with God I would reside,

Then I must know and love his ways.

Sweet Sabbath day, with me abide

In godliness from day to day.

As Sabbath hours draw t'ward night;

Tomorrow's toil I soon will face

With higher purpose, greater might,

For all the respite of this day.

Today I viewed with clearer sight

The good and errant in my heart;

Sweet Sabbath day, be my delight;

Teach me to choose that goodly part.