J. Montgomery. [Heaven in Prospect .] Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union, and first printed on a broadsheet for use at the Anniversary in June 1829, in 6 st. of 4 1. It then appeared in T. Russell's Selection of Hymns…An Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms & Hymns, N. D. [circa 1833]; again in Montgomery's Poet's Portfolio, 1835, p. 240; and again in his Original Hymns , 1853, p. 160, where it is headed "Heaven in prospect." It is of more than usual merit, and is widely used.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)