Jacob's ladder

As Jacob with travel was weary one day

Author: Harry Loper
Tune: JACOB'S LADDER (English)
Published in 33 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 As Jacob with travel was weary one day,
at night on a stone for a pillow he lay;
he saw in a vision a ladder so high
that its foot was on earth and its top in the sky:

Alleluia to Jesus who died on the tree,
and has raised up a ladder of mercy for me!

2 This ladder is long, it is strong and well-made,
has stood hundreds of years and is not yet decayed;
many millions have climbed it and reached Sion's hill;
by faith many millions are climbing it still: [Refrain]

3 Come let us ascend! All may climb it who will;
for the angels of Jacob are guarding it still:
and remember, each step that by faith we pass o'er,
some prophet or martyr has trod it before: [Refrain]

4 And when we arrive at the haven of rest
we shall hear the glad words, 'Come up hither, ye blest,
here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss'.
O who would not climb such a ladder as this? [Refrain]

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #590

Author: Harry Loper

Early 20th Century Loper was living in Camden, New Jersey, as of 1902. Lyrics: Heavenly Wire, The I Want to Go There How Sweet the Thought Secret of the Lord, The http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/l/o/p/loper_h.htm  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As Jacob with travel was weary one day
Title: Jacob's ladder
Author: Harry Loper
Meter: Irregular
Source: English Carol, ca. 18th cent.; 18th century English carol
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hallelujah to Jesus who died on the tree
Notes: Some arrangements use the last verse as a refrain
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)

Ancient and Modern #590

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #41

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Common Praise (1998) #535

Common Praise #378


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #775


Hymnal 1982 #453

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #435

Hymns and Psalms #444

Hymns Old and New #36

Sing and Rejoice! #7


The Cyber Hymnal #8247

The Sacred Harp #551


The Worshiping Church #637

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #245

Include 19 pre-1979 instances
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