We speak of the realms of the blest

We speak of the realms of the blest

Author: Elizabeth K. Mills
Published in 291 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!

2 We speak of its pathways of gold,
Its walls decked with jewels so rare,
Its wonders and pleasures untold,
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 We speak of its service of love,
The robes which the glorified wear,
The Church of the first-born above,
But what must it be to be there!

5 Do Thou, Lord, 'mid sorrow and woe,
Still for heaven my spirit prepare,
And shortly I also shall know
And feel what it is to be there.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #619

Author: Elizabeth K. 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 >



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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