1 There is a blessed home beyond this land of woe,
Where trials never come, nor tears of sorrow flow;
Where faith is fully lost in sight, and patient hope is crowned,
And everlasting light its glory casts around.
2 There is a land of peace, good angels know it well;
Glad songs that never cease within its portals swell.
Around the glorious throne of God the countless saints adore
Christ, with the Father one, and Spirit evermore.
3 O joy all joys beyond, to see the Lamb who died,
And count each sacred wound in hands and feet and side;
To give to him eternal praise for ev’ry triumph won,
And sing through endless days the great things he has done!
4 Look up, you saints of God, nor fear to tread below
The path your Savior trod of daily toil and woe:
Wait only for a little while in uncomplaining love.
His own most gracious smile will welcome you above.
Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >
There is a blessed home. Sir H. W. Baker, Bart. [Heaven anticipated.] Written in 1861, and published in Hymns Ancient & Modern the same year as No. 182, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. It has passed into several collections, and is a beautiful and touching hymn. It was sung over the author's grave. In Biggs's Annotated edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1867, there is a rendering in Latin by Lord Lyttelton (1866) beginning "Est beatorum Domus incolarum."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
There is a blessed home, p. 1160, i. In Alfred Young's Catholic Hymnal N. Y, 1884, this hymn is given as "With God there is a home."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)