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340. There Is a Land of Pure Delight

1. There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Eternal day excludes the night,
And pleausres banish pain.
There everlasting spring abides,
And never-with'ring flow'rs:
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heav'nly land from ours.

2. Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
Stand dressed in living green;
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan rolled between.
But tim'rous mortals start and shrink
To cross this narrow sea,
And linger, shiv'ring, on the brink,
And fear to launch away.

3. Oh, could we make our doubts remove,
Those gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love
With unbeclouded eyes!--
Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er,
Nor Jordan's stream nor death's cold flood
Should fright us from the shore.

Text Information
First Line: There is a land of pure delight
Title: There Is a Land of Pure Delight
Author: Rev. Isaac Watts (1707)
Meter: C M D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1929
Topic: The Future Life: Death and Heaven
Tune Information
Arranger: Geo. F. Root (1849)
Meter: C M D
Incipit: 55551 33351 1123
Key: D Major

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