The Realms of the Blest

We speak [sing] of the realms of the blest

Author: Elizabeth Mills
Published in 350 hymnals

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

To be there, to be there!
O what must it be to be there!

2 We speak of its peace and its love,
The robes which the glorified wear,
The songs of the blood-washed above;
But what must it be to be there!

3 We speak of its freedom from sin,
From sorrow, temptation and care,
From trials without and within;
But what must it be to be there!

4 Do thou, Lord, in pleasure or woe,
For Heaven our spirits prepare;
Then soon shall we joyfully know
And feel what it is to be there.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #904

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 [sing] of the realms of the blest
Title: The Realms of the Blest
Author: Elizabeth Mills
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


[We speak of the land of the blest] (Stebbins)

CELESTE (Lancashire Sunday School Songs)

DE FLEURY (German)

The tune most commonly known as DE FLEURY is a German folk tune. In American shape-note tradition the tune is known as GREEN FIELDS or GREENFIELDS. J. S. Bach quoted it in his "Peasant Cantata," but he did not compose it. It has also been misattributed to Maria DeFleury and to Lewis Edson. Edson wro…

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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #434

The Baptist Hymnal #686


The Cyber Hymnal #7665


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #904

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