1 In that far distant land where the angels of light,
Are resplendent with glory no mortal hath known,
Where the praise of the Lord is their holy delight,
As with melodies sweet, they encircle the throne.
I’ve a Savior whose glory outshines all beside,
From whose bosom the fullness of love overflows;
Who once visited earth and in bitterness died,
To redeem my dark soul from its sin and its woes.
2 In that far distant home where the angels of peace,
Are united in love, and where harmony reigns,
Where the Father of all, in His infinite grace
Sweetly smiles on the children His bounty sustains;
I’ve a mansion of bliss which my Savior has giv’n,
Who with blood sealed my pardon and made me His own;
To partake of His fullness of glory in Heav’n,
And to sit at His side on His beautiful throne.
Swift, Carlos. (Fabius, Onondaga County, New York, January 12, 1829--?). Baptist. Educated at Pompey Academy, Union College, and Madison University. Pastorates at Clinton, N.Y., 1851-1854; Waterville, N.Y., 1854-1857; Madison, N.Y., 1857-1861; Mount Carroll, Illinois, 1861-1863; Normal, Ill., 1863-1864; Aurora, Ill., 1864; Comanche, Iowa, 1864-1866; Chicago, Ill., 1866-1870.
Two hymns by Swift are included in The Iris, Songs of Jesus for Sunday Schools and Devotional Meetings, compiled by H.H. Hawley. One of these is a Christmas hymn. The other is entitled "Rejoicing in Hope" and begins "In that far distant land where the angels of light/Are resplendent with glory no mortal hath known."
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Display Title: Rejoicing In HopeFirst Line: In that far distant land where the angels of lightTune Title: AHRWEILERAuthor: Carlos SwiftMeter: 184.108.40.206 DSource: The Iris by Horace Hawley (Chicago: C. Swift, 1881)