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Memories of Earth

When we reach our Father's dwelling

Author: William Patton Mackay (1878)
Tune: [When we reach our Father's dwelling]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. When we reach our Father’s dwelling,
On the strong eternal hills,
And our praise to Him is swelling
Who the vast creation fills,
Shall we then recall the sadness,
And the clouds that hung so dim,
When our hearts were turned from hardness,
And our feet from paths of sin?

Yes, we surely shall remember,
And His grace we’ll freely own,
For the love so strong and tender,
That redeemed and brought us home.

2. When the paths of prayer and duty,
And affliction all are trod,
And we wake and see the beauty
Of our Savior and our God,
Shall we then recall the story
Of our mortal griefs and tears,
When on earth we sought the glory
Wrestling oft with doubts and fears? [Refrain]

3. And the way by which He brought us,
All the grievings that He bore,
All the patient love that taught us,
We’ll remember evermore,
And His rest will be the dearer,
As we think of weary ways,
And His light will be the clearer
As we muse on cloudy days. [Refrain]

Author: William Patton Mackay

Mackay, William Paton, M.D., was born at Montrose, May 13, 1839, and educated at the University of Edinburgh. After following his medical profession for a time, he became minister of Prospect Street Presbyterian Church, Hull, in 1868, and died from an accident, at Portree, Aug. 22, 1885. Seventeen of his hymns are in W. Reid's Praise Book, 1872. Of these the best known is "We praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy love" (Praise to God), written 1863, recast 1867. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When we reach our Father's dwelling
Title: Memories of Earth
Author: William Patton Mackay (1878)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Yes, we surely shall remember
Copyright: Public Domain


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