There's a bright land

Every morning the red sun

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Published in 56 hymnals

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1 Every morn the golden sun
Rises warm and bright;
But the evening cometh on,
And the cold, dark night:
There’s a bright land far away
Where ‘tis never ending day.

2 Every sprint the sweet young flow’rs
Open fresh and gay,
Till the chilly autumn hours
Wither them away!
There’s a land we have not seen,
Where the trees are always green.

3 Little birds sing songs of praise
All the summer long.
But in colder, shorter days
They forget their song:
There’s a place where angels sing
Ceaseless praises to their King.

4 Christ our Lord is ever near
Those who follow Him!
But we cannot see Him here,
For our eyes are dim:
There is a most happy place,
Where we’ll always see His face.

5 Who shall go to that fair land?
All who love the right:
Holy children there shall stand,
In their robes of white;
In that heav’n so bright and blest,
Is our everlasting rest.

Source: Hymns We Love, for Sunday Schools and All Devotional Meetings #81

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: Every morning the red sun
Title: There's a bright land
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Copyright: Public Domain


Every morning the red sun. Cecil F. Alexander. [Heaven.] This hymn, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, is based on the article of the Apostles Creed, "And the life everlasting." It appeared in Mrs. Alexander's Hymns for Little Children, 1848, No. 20, and is repeated in later editions. It is found in several collections in G. Britain and America. In the American Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1882, it is altered to, "Every morn the glowing sun"; but the advantage of the change is questionable. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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