1. Heaven is here, where hymns of gladness
Cheer the toilers’ rugged way,
In this world where clouds of sadness
Often change to night our day;
Heaven is here, where misery lightened
Of its heavy load is seen,
Where the face of sorrow brightened,
By the deed of love hath been.
2. Where the sad, the poor, despairing,
Are uplifted, cheered, and blest,
Where in others’ labors sharing,
We can find our surest rest;
Where we heed the voice of duty,
Tread the path that Jesus trod;
This is Heaven, its peace, its beauty,
Radiant with the love of God.
Adams, John Greenleaf. Co-editor with Dr. E. H. Chapin of the Universalist Hymns for Christian Devotion, 1846; and, alone, of the Gospel Psalmist, 1861. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1810. The collections named contain in each case 16 hymns by him. They are not, however, received outside his sect. The best are:—
1. Heaven is here, its hymns of gladness. [Peace.] Contributed to the Hymns for Christian Devotion, 1846, No. 419, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines.
2. God's angels! not only on high do they sing. [Ministry of Angels.] No. 830 in his Gospel Psalmist, 1861, and No. 240 in Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, (1907)
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Heaven is here, where hymns of gladness. An altered form in the American Pilgrim Hymnal, 1904 (attributed there to John Quincy Adams), of "Heaven is here, its hymns of gladness," by J. G. Adams, p. 16, i. 1.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
Display Title: Heaven Is Here, Where Hymns of GladnessFirst Line: Heaven is here, where hymns of gladnessTune Title: AUSTRIA (Haydn)Author: John AdamsMeter: 87.87 DSource: Hymns for Christian Devotion, 1846, number 419