597. There is a land of pure delight

1 There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.

2 There everlasting spring abides,
And never with'ring flow'rs;
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heav'nly land from ours.

3 Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
Stand dressed in living green;
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan rolled between.

4 But timorous mortals start and shrink
To cross this narrow sea;
And linger, shivering, on the brink,
And fear to launch away.

5 O could we make our doubts remove,
Those gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love
With unbeclouded eyes;

6 we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood,
Should fright us from the shore.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: There is a land of pure delight
Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Publication Date: 1961
Meter: C. M.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:22
Topic: Christian Life: The Resurrection and Life Everlasting; Cast Out Fear; Heaven: Anticipated (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MEDITATION
Composer: John H. Gower
Meter: C. M.
Key: E Major



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