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Far from my heavenly home

Far from my heavenly home

Author: Henry Francis Lyte (1834)
Published in 128 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Far from my heavenly home,
Far from my Father's breast,
Fainting I cry, Blest Spirit, come,
And speed me to my rest.

2 My spirit homeward turns,
And fain would thither flee:
My heart, O Sion, droops and yearns,
When I remember thee.

3 To thee, to thee I press,
A dark and toilsome road:
When shall I pass the wilderness,
And reach the saints' abode?

4 God of my life, be near;
On Thee my hopes I cast:
O guide me through the desert here,
And bring me home at last.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Henry Francis Lyte

Lyte, Henry Francis, M.A., son of Captain Thomas Lyte, was born at Ednam, near Kelso, June 1, 1793, and educated at Portora (the Royal School of Enniskillen), and at Trinity College, Dublin, of which he was a Scholar, and where he graduated in 1814. During his University course he distinguished himself by gaining the English prize poem on three occasions. At one time he had intended studying Medicine; but this he abandoned for Theology, and took Holy Orders in 1815, his first curacy being in the neighbourhood of Wexford. In 1817, he removed to Marazion, in Cornwall. There, in 1818, he underwent a great spiritual change, which shaped and influenced the whole of his after life, the immediate cause being the illness and death of a brother cler… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far from my heavenly home
Author: Henry Francis Lyte (1834)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

Far from my [our] heavenly home. H. F. Lyte. [Psalms cxxxvii.] This S. M. version of Psalms 137 is the most complete example of the author's method in paraphrasing the Psalms that we have: and furnishes us with a beautiful illustration of his tenderness and melody. It appeared in his Spirit of the Psalms, 1834, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Its use exceeds that of any other of his Psalm versions, and is extensive both in Great Britain and America. Sometimes it is changed to "Far from our heavenly home;" and in other cases, as in Hymns Ancient & Modern, stanza ii., which reads :—
”Upon the willows long My harp has silent hung; How should I sing a cheerful song Till Thou inspire my tongue?"
is omitted. Full original text in Hymnal CompanionNo. 135. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

LYTE (Wilkes)


SIENNA


ST. BRIDE

Samuel Howard (b. London, England, 1710; d. London, 1782) composed ST. BRIDE as a setting for Psalm 130 in William Riley's London psalter, Parochial Harmony (1762). The melody originally began with "gathering" notes at the beginning of each phrase. The tune's title is a contraction of St. Bridget, t…

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