Blessed Homeland

Blessed homeland, for which my heart doth long

Author: Ernest G. W. Wesley
Tune: [Blessed homeland, for which my heart doth long]
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1 Blessed homeland, for which my heart doth long,
It cometh near, and fills my soul today;
Of my homeland faith sees the distant shore,
Where Jesus waits with lov’d ones gone before.

Refrain:
Blessed homeland, blessed homeland,
For thee we wait and long!
Blessed homeland,
Blessed homeland,
There sighs shall change to song.

2 Blessed homeland, what glories wait us there,
Unseen as yet, but ours with Christ to share!
T my homeland I turn from present grief;
There life awaits, my Saviour’s sweet relief. [Refrain]

3 Blessed homeland, how oft thy visions bright
Sweep o’er our hearts, till, raptured by the sight,
For our homeland we long and wait and pray,
When passing night shall bring the sunlit day. [Refrain]

4 Blessed homeland, thy joys for e’er shall last,
No shade of sin, or sorrows in earth’s past;
From our homeland is banished sigh and pain,
For there our Lord forevermore shall reign. [Refrain]

Source: The Gospel Message Choir #18

Author: Ernest G. W. Wesley

Ernest G. W. Wesley was born and educated in England. At the age of seventeen he started writing for local newspapers. When he was twenty-two he worked as special correspondent for The New York Times in Buenos Aries. While he was in Buenos Aries he became licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He came to the United States in the early 1870's and continued writing and contributing to religious and secular papers. He wrote between five and six hundred hymns and nearly two thousand articles on religious and theological topics. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Blessed homeland, for which my heart doth long
Title: Blessed Homeland
Author: Ernest G. W. Wesley
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Blessed homeland, blessed homeland
Publication Date: 1929
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1929.

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