W.D. Cornell 1858- 1930s
Warren Cornell was born in Michigan and traveled to Texas when he was 19 to teach in the “colored” department of the new Dallas Public Schools. He later was licensed by the Methodist church to preach and spent a couple of years preaching in North Texas before moving to Wisconsin. By 1894 he was no longer preaching and appears to have been attracted to politics where he continued until his death.
It is told by a local historian that this hymn was written in around 1892 at the close of a camp meeting Cornell held in Wisconsin. It was sold for five dollars and later W.G Cooper published it and possibly added the fifth stanza.
I am not sure about the author’s peace later in life due to the controversy in his political and social beliefs but I know that the words bring to comfort to us today as we can rest in the peace we have “ coming down from the Father above”.
- Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!
- What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
So secure that no power can mine it away,
While the years of eternity roll!
- I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul!
- And I think when I rise to that city of peace,
Where the Author of peace I shall see,
That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing
In that heavenly kingdom will be:
- Ah soul, are you here without comfort and rest,
Marching down the rough pathway of time?
Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;
Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime!