How cheering the thought, that the spirits in bliiss

How cheering the thought, that the spirits in bliiss

Author: J. W. Cunningham
Tune: COMFORT (Toronto)
Published in 37 hymnals

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1 How cheering the thought that the spirits in bliss
Should bow their bright wings to a world such as this,
And leave the sweet songs of the mansions above,
To breathe o'er our bosom some message of love!

2 They come--on the wings of the morning they come,
To convoy the stranger in peace to his home;
The pilgrim to waft from this stormy abode,
And lay him to rest in the arms of his God.

3 They come when we wander, they come when we pray,
In mercy to guard us wherever we stray:
A glorious cloud their bright witness is given;
Encircling us here these angels of heaven.

Source: The Book of Worship #145

Author: J. W. Cunningham

Cunningham, John William, M.A., was born in London, Jan. 3, 1780, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in honours, and subsequently became a Fellow of his College. In 1802 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ripley, in Surrey. The following year he removed to Ockham, and later to Clapham, where he was curate to the Rev. John Venn, who was the original of Berkeley in The Velvet Cushion. In 1811 he was presented by his family to the Vicarage of Harrow, which he held for fifty years. He died Sept. 30, 1861. He published, in addition to pamphlets on various subjects:— (1) World without Souls, 1805; (2) The Velvet Cushion, 4th ed. 1814; (3) De Ranee, a Poem, 1815; (4) Morning Thoughts on the Gospel of St. Matthew, 18… Go to person page >

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First Line: How cheering the thought, that the spirits in bliiss
Author: J. W. Cunningham

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #S2

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #31

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A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #31

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #890

Happy Voices #d67

Harmonia Ecclesiae: or, Companion to the Christian Minstrel #d104

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #674

Hymns for Schools and Families #d43

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #794

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #794

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d122

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Social Hymns and Tunes, for the Conference and Prayer Meeting, and the Home with services and prayers #293

Songs for the School Room #d47

Songs of the Soul #d46

Songs of the Soul #d57

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The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #CLXXIII[CLXIII]

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The Book of Worship #145

The Boston One-Line Psalmist: embracing Day and Beal's New Musical Notation #d70

The Carol #d38

The Christian Melodist, a Collection of Popular Songs, for Use in Public and Social Meetings ... #d143

The Christian Psalmist #d268

The Christian Psalmist (Numeral ed.) 10th ed., 1st rev. ed. #d160

The Hymns of "Happy Voices" (without music) #d67

The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d102

The Saints' Harp #d375

The Spirit Minstrel. 2nd ed. #d34

The Temple Harp #d141

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The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #687

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d138

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The Wesleyan Minstrel: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes. 2nd ed. #102

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Vestry Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for all occasions of social worship #106b

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