Canaan promised is before

Canaan promised is before

Author: James Relly
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 Canaan promis'd is before;
Come let us forward go,
Not the Ocean, nor its Roar,
Nor the Egyptian Foe,
May obstruct, when God commands;
His Pow'r on our Behalf he shows:
Move we forward to the Land,
Where Milk and Honey flows.

2 Pharaoh's Hosts, our Flesh and Sence,
Press hard upon our Rear;
Vainly strive to cause Offence,
Or make the Spirit fear:
God prtects us in his Hand,
Whilst Vengeance on his Foes he throws:
Move we forward to the Land,
Where Milk and Honey flows.

3 Roaring Floods clap Hands aloud,
To drive us back again;
Seas of Trials vastly crowd
T' affright the Sons of men:
Jesus bids us quiet stand,
Whilst he his great Salvation shows:
Move we forward to the Land,
Where Milk and Honey flows.

4 Seas divide before our Face,
And stand upon an Heap;
Mighty Waters, by his Grace,
Shrink from the fearful Deep:
On we march at his Command,
Nor dread the Power of our Foes:
Move we forward to the Land,
Where Milk and Honey flows.

5 Love, which God to us doth shew,
Strikes the Egyptian dead;
Floods, which give us Passage thro'
Return upon their Head:
Dead we see them on the Strand,
Nor can they farther us pursue;
We are in Immanuel's Land,
Where Milk and honey flow.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.III

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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