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Onward, Upward, Homeward

Onward, upward, homeward, joyfully I flee

Author: Albert Midlane
Tune: [Onward, upward, homeward!]
Published in 12 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 “Onward, upward, homeward!”
Joyfully I flee
From this world of sorrow,
With my Lord to be:
Onward to the glory;
Upward to the prize;
Homeward to the mansions
Far above the skies.

Onward to the glory!
Upward to the prize!
Homeward to the mansions
Far above the skies!

2 “Onward, upward, homeward!”
Here I find no rest;
Treading o’er the desert
Which my Saviour pressed.
Onward, upward, homeward!
I shall soon be there;
Soon its joys and pleasures
I, through grace, shall share. [Refrain]

3 “Onward, upward, homeward!”
Come along with me;
Ye who love the Saviour,
Bear me company,
Onward, upward, homeward!
Press with vigour on;
Yet a little moment,
And the race is won. [Refrain]

Source: Gospel Hymns No. 5 #2

Author: Albert Midlane

Midlane, Albert, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, Jan. 23, 1825, and was engaged in business in that town for many years. To his Sunday school teacher he ascribes the honour of prompting him to poetic efforts: and the same teacher did much to shape his early life. His first printed hymn, "Hark! in the presence of our God," was written in September, 1842, at Carisbrooke Castle, and printed in the Youth’s Magazine in November of the same year. Since then he has written over 300, and of these a large proportion are in common use. They appeared in magazines and small mission hymn-books, including:— (1) The Youth's Magazine; (2) The British Messenger; (3) The London Messenger; (4) Trotter's Evangelical Hymn Book, 1860; (5) The Ambassador… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Onward, upward, homeward, joyfully I flee
Title: Onward, Upward, Homeward
Author: Albert Midlane
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Onward to the glory
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10443
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The Cyber Hymnal #10443

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