The Beautiful, Beautiful Hills

When my soul is oppressed

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [When my soul is oppressed]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When my soul is oppress’d,
When my heart is distress’d,
With its weight of life’s burdens and ills,—
I will lift up mine eyes
Unto that paradise
On the beautiful, beautiful hills.

On the hills, beautiful hills,
I will lift up mine eyes to the hills;
I shall join in the song
With that glorified throng
On the beautiful, beautiful hills.

2 That fair city of God,
Mortal never hath trod,
There the cold wind of death never chills;
There no fears can appall,
There no tears ever fall,
On the beautiful, beautiful hills. [Refrain]

3 There the angels of light
Praise the Lord day and night,
Heaven’s courts with their melody thrills;
While there rolls a new song
By that great blood-wash’d throng,
On the beautiful, beautiful hills. [Refrain]

4 Where my dear ones await,
Just inside the pearl gate,
I shall go when my dear Father wills;
Then what joy there will be,
When each other we see,
On the beautiful, beautiful hills. [Refrain]

5 There they never have night,
For the Lamb is the light,—
All the land with his gory he fills;
Soon he’ll call me to come,
And with him rest at home,
On the beautiful, beautiful hills. [Refrain]

Source: Songs for Work and Worship #118

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When my soul is oppressed
Title: The Beautiful, Beautiful Hills
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: On the hills, beautiful hills
Copyright: Public Domain



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