As when the weary traveller gains. J. Newton. [Nearing Heaven.] Included in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. iii., No. 58, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and entitled "Home in View," and continued in later editions of the same. It was given at an early date in the old collections, and is still in somewhat extensive use both in Great Britain and America, specially in the latter. In a great many cases the text is altered and abbreviated. The Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, No. 576, is an exception in favour of the original. The Rev. R. Bingham has given a Latin rendering of the original with the omission of stanza ii. in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, p. 67:—"Ut quando fessus longâ regione viator."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)