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How Sweet, How Heavenly

How sweet and heavenly is the sight

Author: Joseph Swain
Published in 527 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 How sweet and heavenly is the sight
When those who love the Lord
In one another's peace delight,
And so fulfill his word!

2 Oh! may we feel each brother's sigh,
And with him bear a part;
May sorrows flow from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart.

3 Let love, in one delightful stream,
Through every bosom flow,
Let union sweet and dear esteem
In every action glow.

4 Love is the golden chain that binds
The happy souls above;
And he's an heir of heaven who finds
His bosom glow with love.

Temple Melodies, 1851

Author: Joseph Swain

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:— (1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting… Go to person page >

Tune

EVAN (Havergal)

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.

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BROWN (Bradbury)


HEBER (Kingsley)


Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2631
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Instances

Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

The Baptist Hymnal #465

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #2631

Include 525 pre-1979 instances
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