O happy land, O happy land where saints and angels dwell!

O happy land, O happy land where saints and angels dwell!

Author: Elizabeth Parson
Published in 47 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O happy land! O happy land!
Where saints and angels dwell;
We long to join that glorious band,
And all their anthems swell.

O Heaven, sweet Heaven!
O home of the blest;
How I long to be there, all its glory to share,
And to lean on my Saviour's breast!

2 But every voice in yonder throng,
On earth has breathed a prayer;
No lips untaught may join that song,
Or learn the music there. [Refrain]

3 Thou heav'nly Friend! thou heavenly Friend!
O hear us when we pray;
Now let thy pard'ning grace descend,
And take our sins away. [Refrain]

4 Be all our fresh, our youthful days,
To thy blest service given;
Then we shall meet to sing thy praise,
A ransom'd band in heaven. [Refrain]

Source: Linden Harp: a rare collection of popular melodies adapted to sacred and moral songs, original and selected. Illustrated. Also a manual of... #87c

Author: Elizabeth Parson

Parson, Elizabeth, nee Hooker, daughter of the Rev. W. Rooker (for nearly fifty years Congregational Minister at Tavistock), was born at Tavistock, June 5, 1812, and married in 1844 to Mr. T. Edgecombe Parson. She died at Plymouth in 1873. Previous to her marriage (from 1840 to 1844) Mrs. Parson conducted a class for young men and women in the vestry of her father's chapel on Sunday evenings, and to which was given the name of the “Willing Class," because those who came, came "willingly." For this class she wrote from 1840 to 1844 several hymns, some of which came into use through various collections including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, and others at a later date. A few years ago 18 of these hymns were collected, and printed for pr… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O happy land, O happy land where saints and angels dwell!
Author: Elizabeth Parson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Tune all your harps to sing
Publication Date: 1854
Copyright: Public Domain


O happy land, O happy land. E. Parson, née Booker. [Heaven.] Contributed to J. Curwen's Child's Own Hymn Book, 1840, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, the first beginning as above, and the second, "Thou heavenly Friend," &c. This was repeated in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, and several other collections. Another text, also by Mrs. Parson, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines was published in her Willing Class Hymns some time after her death. It consists of the two stanzas as above, somewhat altered, and another stanza, beginning, "The saints in light," &c. These three stanzas are given in W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church & Home, 1873.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


SAWLEY (Walch)

This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou. Scottish church music: its sources and composers, 189…

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[O happy land, O happy land] (Florio)



Instances (1 - 47 of 47)

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d339

Asaph #d178

Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #d181

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Children's Hymns with Tunes #169

Happy Voices #d138

Hymns for Social Worship. 6th ed. #d174

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #520

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #520

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d343

Linden Harp #d101

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Linden Harp #87c

New Standard Singer #d168

New Standard Singer, Pt. 1-7 #d170

Notes of Glad Tidings No. 1 #d64

Oriola #d162

Oriola #d163

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Revival Songs #284

Revival Songs. 4th ed. #d188

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Salvation Army Songs #727

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Songs for All #107b

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #497

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d299

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Songs for the Sabbath School and Vestry #104

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Songs of Pilgrimage #345

Sunday School Hymn Book #d302

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d284

The Eolian Harp #d82

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The Eolian Harp #14

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The Extra Hymn Book #58

The Gate City Triumph #d12

The Gem #d105

The Hymns of "Happy Voices" (without music) #d139

The New Sunday-School Harmonist #d62

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #159b

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d757

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The Sabbath School Hymn and Tune Book #211

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The Sabbath School #92

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The School Hymnal #231

The Star of the East #d127

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The Students' Hymnal #13

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The Students' Hymnal #13

The Sunday School Banner #d98

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The Sunday School Service and Tune Book #65

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d259

The Village Hymn book #d206

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The Young People's Chorister #13

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Young Singer's Friend #65

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