1 The homeland! the homeland!
The land of the free-born;
There’s no night in the homeland,
But aye the fadeless morn;
I’m sighing for the homeland,
My heart is aching here;
There’s no pain in the homeland
To which I’m drawing near.
2 My Lord is in the homeland
With angels bright and fair;
There’s no sin in the homeland,
And no temptation there;
The voices of the homeland
Are ringing in my ears,
And when I think of the homeland
My eyes are filled with tears.
3 For those I love in the homeland
Are calling me away
To the rest and peace of the homeland,
And the life beyond decay;
For there’s no death in the homeland,
There is no grief above;
Christ brings us all to the homeland
Of his eternal love.
Born: April 3, 1838, Egham, Surrey, England.
Died: January 29, 1901, St. Marylebone, London, England.
Haweis’ father was John Oliver Willyams Haweis, Canon of Chichester. Hugh attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and after graduation served under Garibaldi in the Italian war of independence. He was ordained in 1861 and was curate at Bethnal Green, Westminster and Stepney. In 1866, he became perpetual curate at St. James, Marylebone. His works include:
Music and Morals, 1871
My Musical Life, 1884
Travel and Talk, 1897
Old Violins, 1898
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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)
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