I Hear Thee Speak of the Better Land

I hear thee speak of the better land

Author: Mrs. Hemans
Published in 41 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I hear you speak of a Better Land;
You call'd its children a happy band,
Teacher, oh! where is that radiant shore,
Shall we not seek it and weep no more?
Is it where the flow'r of the orange blows,
And the fire-flies glance thro' the myrtle boughs?
Not there, not there, not there, my child,
Not there, not there, not there, my child.

2 Is it where the feathery palm-trees rise,
And the date grows ripe under sunny skies?
Or 'mid the green islands of glitz'ring seas,
Where fragrant forests perfume the breeze,
And strange bright birds on their starry wings
Bear the rich hues of all glorious things?
Not there, not there, not there, my child,
Not there, not there, not there, my child.

3 Is it far away in some region old,
Where the rivers wander o'er sands of gold--
Where the burning rays of the ruby shine,
And the diamond lights up the secret mine,
And the pearl gleams forth from the coral strand?
Is there, dear teacher, that Better Land?
Not there, not there, not there, my child.

4 Eye hath not seen it, my gentle child,
Ear hath not heard its sweet songs so mild,
Dreams cannot picture a world so fair;
Sorrow and death cannot enter there;
Time doth not breathe on its fadeless bloom,
Far beyond the clouds and beyond the tomb,--
It is there, it is there, it is there, my child.

Source: Kind Words: a new collection of hymns and tunes for sunday schools and the social circle #4

Author: Mrs. Hemans

Hemans, Felicia Dorothea, née Browne, was born in Liverpool, Sep. 25, 1793. In 1800, her father having suffered severe losses in business, removed with his family near to Abergele, N. Wales, where he died sometime after. In 1812 she was married to Captain Hemans, who, on retiring from the army sometime after, removed to Bronnylfa, near St. Asaph. Some years after he left his wife and children and proceeded to Italy, where he died. In 1828 Mrs. Hemans removed to Wavertree, near Liverpool, and in 1831 to Dublin, where she died May 16, 1835, and was buried in St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, in that city. From 1808, when at 15 she published Poems, to 1834, when her Scenes & Hymns of Life appeared, she produced a great number of poems and othe… Go to person page >

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First Line: I hear thee speak of the better land
Title: I Hear Thee Speak of the Better Land
Author: Mrs. Hemans
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Companion to the Canadian Sunday School Harp #157

Grammar School Hymn Book #d121

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Hymns for First-Day Schools #123

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Hymns for First-Day Schools (Rev. and Enl.) #123

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Jewels of Praise #116

Kind Words #d35

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Kind Words #4

Linden Harp #d48

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Linden Harp #137

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Popular Hymns Number 2 #217

Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d146

School Recreations #d53

Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d106

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Song Sermons for General Use and Special Services #213

Songs in the Night; or Hymns for the Sick and Suffering. 2nd ed. #d71

Songs of Zion #d85

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The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #CLXXXIII[CLXXII]

The Canadian Sunday School Harp #d62

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d173

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d169

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The Christian Hymn Book #1158

The Christian Hymnal #d310

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The Christian Hymnal #782

The Christian Melodist, a Collection of Popular Songs, for Use in Public and Social Meetings ... #d164

The Christian Psalmist #d309

The Christian Psalmist (Numeral ed.) 10th ed., 1st rev. ed. #d182

The Golden Harp #d131

The Message Bird #d35

The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d24

The Sacred Melodeon #d43

The Sacred Minstrel #d39

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The School Hymn-Book #305

The Social Lyrist #d13

The Spiritual Harp #d96

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The Star of Hope #67

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d168

The Village Hymn book #d114

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Twilight Zephyrs #74

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