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The Promised Land

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1 Far from these scenes of night,
Unbounded glories rise,
And realms of joy and pure delight
Unknown to mortal eyes.

2 Fair land! could mortal eyes
But half its charms explore,
How would our spirits long to rise,
And dwell on earth no more!

3 No cloud those regions know,
Realms ever bright and fair!
For sin, the source of mortal woe,
Can never enter there.

4 O may the prospect fire
Our hearts with ardent love,
Till wings of faith, and strong desire,
Beat every thought above.

Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #106

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far from these narrow scenes of night
Title: The Promised Land
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Far from these narrow scenes of night. Anne Steele. [Heaven.] This hymn ranks in popularity as one of the first of Miss Steele's hymns. It was first pub. in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 157, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Promised Land." It was repeated in her Poems, &c, 1780, and in D. Sedgwick's edition of her Hymns, 1863, p. 96. In modern hymn-books it is found in various forms, ranging from 4 stanzas in the American Baptist Hymn [& Tune) Book, 1871, to 8 stanzas in the Westminster Abbey Hymn Book, 1883. It was brought into use in an abbreviated form in the Church of England through R. Conyers's Collection, 1767, and A. M. Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776; and amongst Nonconformists by the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash & Evans, 1769. In most American Unitarian collections a selection of stanzas rearranged from CM. to SM. is given, sometimes in 7 stanzas, as in Dabney's Selection of Hymns & Psalms, Andover, 1821; and again, in 5 stanzas, as in the Hymns [& Tune] Book for the Church & Home, &c, Boston, 1868.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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