Is it Far?

Is it far to the land of rest?

Author: Knowles Shaw
Tune: [Is it far to the land of rest]
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Is it far to the land of rest?
Where the weary feet shall never, never roam,
To the mansions of the pure and the blest;
Where we all shall meet at home?

Is it far? is it far?
Will you tell me, brother pilgrim, is it far?
To that mansion of the blest, where the weary are at rest?
O say, brother pilgrim, is it far?

2 Is it far to that peaceful shore?
Where the aching heart shall sorrow not again,
Where the friends who meet shall part nevermore
But with Christ forever reign.

3 Is it far to the plains of light?
To that city with its jasper walls aglow,
Where the glory of the Lord is the light;
To that house, say, will you go?

4 It is nearer to-day than before;
And our path is growing brighter day by day,
We shall soon reach that heavenly shore;
Let us sing, and watch, and pray.

Source: The Welcome Voice: a collection of gospel hymns and songs #103

Author: Knowles Shaw

Knowles Shaw (1834-1878), a name familiar in many western households--was born near New London, in Morgan Township, Ohio, on the 13th of October, 1834. His mother's maiden name was Huldah Griffin, and by both of his parents he was of Scottish extraction. His early life was spent in Rush County, Indiana, where he first began to play the violin, furnishing the music for many a dance. While the ball was going on he was converted, ceasing to play in the middle of the piece he was performing. Very soon thereafter he entered the ministry of the Christian Church. On the 11th of January, 1855, he married Miss Martha Finley. Most of his time after entering the ministry was spent in the West and South, and on account of his wonderful vocal powers he… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Is it far to the land of rest?
Title: Is it Far?
Author: Knowles Shaw
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Is it far?
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #690

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Songs of Glory No. 2 #116

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The Christian Sunday School Hymnal #111

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The Morning Star #62

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The Welcome Voice #103

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