We speak of the land of the blest

Representative Text

1 We speak of the land of the blest,
That country so bright and so fair,
And oft are its glories confess’d;
But what must it be to be there!

Refrain:
To be there!
To be there!
Oh, what must it be to be there!
To be there!
To be there!
Oh, what must it be to be there!

2 We speak of its pathways of gold,
Its walls deck’d with jewels so rare,
Its wonders and pleasures untold,
But what must it be to be there! [Refrain]

3 We speak of its peace and its love,
The robes which the glorified wear,
The songs of the blessed above,
But what must it be to be there! [Refrain]

Source: Gospel Jewels #77

Author: Elizabeth Mills

Mills, Elizabeth, née King, daughter of Philip King, was born at Stoke Newington in 1805; married to Thomas Mills, M.P., and died at Finsbury Place, London, April 21, 1829. Her popular hymn:— We speak of the realms of the blest. [Heaven] is thus annotated in Miller's Singers and Songs, &c, 1869, p. 483: "We are much indebted to John Remington Mills, Esq., M.P. for information about this hymn, written by his accomplished relative. The original has 6 st. and was composed after reading ‘Bridges on the 119th Psalm' (on ver. 44, p. 116), ‘We speak of heaven, but oh! to be there.' . . . Already deservedly a favourite, new interest will be added to this hymn when we know that the authoress was early called to ‘the realms of the blest,' o… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We speak of the land of the blest
Author: Elizabeth Mills
Language: English
Refrain First Line: To be there
Copyright: Public Domain

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