Christ My Song - 559
By sleep he consecrated sleep - The Things that God hath Cleansed (Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Things that God hath Cleansed.
1. By sleep he consecrated sleep,
and taught us how to lay our head,
with trust like his, divine and deep,
in slumber on our nightly bed.
2. By death he consecrated death,
and made the grave a holy home,
in which our flesh, the turf beneath,
shall rest in hope until he come.
3. Resting, he consecrated rest,
and bade us in his rest to dwell,
as when, with weariness oppressed,
he sat at noon on Sychar's well.
4. Weeping, he consecrated tears,
and showed the mourner how to weep;
and yet the tear-sick eye he clears,
lest sorrow be too long and deep.
5. Born as a man is born, and laid
in weakness on a woman's knee,
he consecrates the cradle-bed,
ennobling human infancy.
6. Loving, he consecrated love,
lifting it out of human sin,
making it pure like that above,
and deepening the fount within.
Horatius Bonar, The Song of the New Creation, 1872, 64-65.