The Homeland! Oh, the Homeland. [Heaven.] In the American College Hymnal, 1897, No. 369, this hymn is given as by "Hugh B. Haweis." In the Presbyterian New Psalms and Hymns, Richmond, Va., 1901, the signature is the same, with the date "1855." On the other hand, in the English Congregational Sunday School Hymn Book, 1891, and others, it is attributed to "William Lindsay Alexander." We have failed to trace it to either author.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)