Foretaste of heaven

On earth the song begins

Author: Joseph Swain
Published in 22 hymnals

Author: Joseph Swain

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:— (1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting… Go to person page >

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First Line: On earth the song begins
Title: Foretaste of heaven
Author: Joseph Swain



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A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d231
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d168
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #S.CXXVI
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #S.CXXVIPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d297
Baptist Chorals: a tune and hymn book designed to promote general congregational singing; containing one hundred and sixty four tunes adapted to about four hundred choice hymns #327Page Scan
Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d253
Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d311
Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #434Page Scan
Hymns of Worship and Remembrance #d234
Select Hymns #d138
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #B130Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #229Page Scan
The Bible Hymn Book #d189
The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #S26
The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #S26Page Scan
The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs #d185
The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs, with an Appendix of Choice Hymns #d179
The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d244
The Primitive Hymns, Spiritual Songs and Sacred Poems Regularly Selected, Classified and Set in Order ... Stereotype ed. #d452
The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the most approved authors; adapted to the various occasions of public and social meetings (New Ed. Enl. and Imp.) #211Page Scan
Virginia Selection of Psalms #d345
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