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I long to be there

I have read of a world of beauty

Author: Edwin H. Nevin
Published in 7 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I have read of a world of beauty,
Where there is no gloomy night,
Where love is the mainspring of duty,
And God the foundation of light.
Chorus.--And I long to be there, I long to be there,
I long, I long, I long to be there.

2 I have read of its flowing river
That bursts from beneath the throne,
And the beautiful trees that ever
Are found on its banks alone.
Chorus.--And I long to be there, &c.

3 I long to rise to that world of light,
And to breathe its balmy air;
I long to walk with the Lamb in white,
And to shout with the angels there.
Chorus.--And I long to be there, &c.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #1034

Author: Edwin H. Nevin

Nevin, Edwin Henry, D.D., son of Major David Nevin, was born at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1814. He graduated in Arts at Jefferson College, 1833; and in Theology at Princeton Seminary, in 1836. He held several pastorates as a Presbyterian Minister from 1836 to 1857; then as a Congregational Minister from 1857 to 1868; and then, after a rest of six years through ill health, as a Minister of the Reformed Church, first at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in Philadelphia. Dr. Nevin is the author of several hymns, the more important of which are:— 1. Always with me [us], always with [us] me. Jesus always present. 2. Come up hither, come away. Invitation Heavenward. 3. Happy, Saviour, would I be. Trust. This is given in t… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have read of a world of beauty
Title: I long to be there
Author: Edwin H. Nevin
Refrain First Line: And I long to be there



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Kindly Light #d49

Lyra Sacra Americana #d77

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Silver Wings #70

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The Jubilee Harp #535

The Thanksgiving #d99

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The Voice of Praise #1034

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