Then I saw a new heaven and earthVersifier: Christopher M. Idle (1973)
Tune: NEW HEAVEN (Warren)
Published in 5 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI
1 Then I saw a new heaven and earth,
for the first had passed away;
and the holy city came down from God
like a bride on her wedding day.
And I know how he loves his own,
for I heard his great voice tell
they would be his people, and he their God,
and among them he came to dwell.
2 He will wipe away every tear;
even death shall die at last.
There'll be no more crying or grief or pain
they belong to the world that's past.
And the One on the throne said, "Look!
I am making all things new."
He is A and Z, he is first and last,
and his words are exact and true.
3 So the thirsty can drink their fill
at the fountain giving life.
But the gates are shut on all evil things,
on deceit and decay and strife.
With foundations and walls and towers
like a jewel, the city shines,
with its streets of gold and its gates of pearl,
in a glory where each combines.
4 As they measured its length and breadth
I could see no temple there,
for its only temple is God the Lord
and the Lamb in that city fair.
And it needs neither sun nor moon
in a place which knows no night,
for the city's lamp is the Lamb himself,
and the glory of God its light.
5 And I saw by the sacred throne
flowing water, crystal clear,
and the tree of life with its healing leaves
and its fruit growing all the year.
So the worshipers of the Lamb
bear his name and see his face,
and they reign and serve and forever live
to the praise of his glorious grace.
|First Line:||Then I saw a new heaven and earth|
|Title:||Then I Saw a New Heaven and Earth|
|Versifier:||Christopher M. Idle (1973)|
|Copyright:||© 1973 The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Co.)|
Scripture References: st. 1 = Rev. 21:1-3 st. 2 = Rev. 21:4-6a st. 3 = Rev. 21:6b-14, 18-21
st. 4 = Rev. 21:15-17, 22-23 st. 5 = Rev. 22:1-5
In Revelation 21-22 we read about John's vision of the new heaven and new earth, of the new Jerusalem, and of the river of life where trees grow leaves "for the healing of the nations." This vision brings together features of Jerusalem and the Garden of Eden-both recreated! In pictorial language John describes the awe-inspiring cosmic renewal at the end of time.
Christopher M. Idle (PHH 20) versified this passage in London in 1972; his paraphrase was first published in the British collection Psalm Praise (1973) with the tune NEW HEAVEN by Norman L. Warren (PHH 15). It quickly came across the Atlantic and was published in Hymns for the Living Church (1974). The editor of that hymnal, Donald Hustad, had come across the song in the pews of All Souls' Church, London, England, late in 1972 while practicing for his Royal College of Organists exams. Since that time it has appeared in various other hymnals.
In worship focusing on the worldwide nature of the church; as words of encouragement and comfort for those in the midst of troubles and/or martyrdom; as an exultant doxology; Advent or other times when the church focuses on Christ’s return and the new heaven and new earth; All Saints’ Day; Reformation Day.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Complete Mission Praise #669||Then I saw a new heaven and earth||Then I saw a new heaven and earth||Irr||2000|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #236||Then I Saw a New Heaven and Earth||Then I saw a new heaven and earth||NEW HEAVEN||Christopher M. Idle||PM||Revelation 21; Revelation 22:5; Revelation 21:23; Revelation 22:1-5||1987||King, God/Christ as | ; Return of Christ | ; Eternal Life | ; Lamb of God | ; New Creation ||
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #456||Then I saw a new heaven and earth||Then I saw a new heaven and earth||87 10 887 10 8||1999|
|Singing the New Testament #259||Then I Saw a New Heaven||Then I saw a new heaven and earth||NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH||Christopher Idle||Revelation 21||2008||Afflictions/Trials | ; Comfort and Encouragement | ; Funerals ||