412. My soul there is a country

1 My soul, there is a country
Far beyond the stars,
Where stands a wingèd sentry
All skilful in the wars:

2 There above noise, and danger,
Sweet peace sits crowned with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.

3 He is thy gracious Friend,
And O my soul, awake!
Did in pure love descend,
To die here for thy sake.

4 If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flower of peace,
The Rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress and thy ease.

5 Leave then thy foolish ranges,
For none can thee secure
But one who never changes,
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.

Text Information
First Line: My soul there is a country
Author: Henry Vaughan, 1622-95
Publication Date: 1986
Meter: 76 76
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 76 76
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Melchior Vulpius's Gesangbuch, Weimar, 1609

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