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The Way to Canaan

Representative Text

1 Jesus, my all to heav’n is gone,
He whom I fix my hopes upon;
His track I see, and I’ll pursue
The narrow way till Him I view.

I’m on my journey home to the new Jerusalem,
I’m on my journey home to the new Jerusalem,
So fare you well, So fare you well,
So fare you well, I am going home.

2 The way the holy prophets went,
The road that leads from banishment,
The King’s highway of holiness
I’ll go, for all His paths are peace. [Chorus]

3 This is the way I long have sought,
And mourned because I found it not;
My grief a burden long has been,
Because I was not saved from sin. [Chorus]

4 Then will I tell to sinners ’round,
What a dear Savior I have found;
I’ll point to Thy redeeming blood,
And say, “Behold the way to God.” [Chorus]

5 Lo! glad I come, and Thou, blest Lamb,
Shalt take me to Thee, whose I am;
Nothing but sin have I to give,
Nothing but love shall I receive. [Chorus]

Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #53

Author: John Cennick

John Cennick was born at Reading, Berkshire, in the year 1717. He became acquainted with Wesley and Whitefield, and preached in the Methodist connection. On the separation of Wesley and Whitefield he joined the latter. In 1745, he attached himself to the Moravians, and made a tour in Germany to fully acquaint himself with the Moravian doctrines. He afterwards ministered in Dublin, and in the north of Ireland. He died in London, in 1755, and was buried in the Moravian Cemetery, Chelsea. He was the author of many hymns, some of which are to be found in every collection. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone
Title: The Way to Canaan
Author: John Cennick
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone. J. Cennick. [Jesus the Way.] Appeared in his Sacred Hymns for the Use of Religious Societies, 1743, No. 64, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1760, M. Madan included 8 stanzas in his Psalms & Hymns, No. 17. This text in a more or less correct form has been handed down to modern hymn-books, including Common Praise, 1879, and others. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 133.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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