There is a land of pure delight (John Bacchus Dykes)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-28).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 17 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the Church Hymnary, 1927

General Information

Title: There is a land of pure delight
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
Tunes: Beatitudo
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard


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Original text and translations

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1. There is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign;
   Infinite day excludes the night, And pleasures banish pain;

2. There everlasting spring abides, And never-with'ring flowers:
   Death, like a narrow sea, divides This heavenly land from ours.

3. Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood Stand dressed in living green;
   So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.

4. But timorous mortals start and shrink To cross this narrow sea,
   And linger, shiv'ring on the brink, And fear to launch away.

5. O could we make our doubts remove, Those gloomy fears that rise,
   And see the Canaan that we love, With unbeclouded eyes;

6. Could we but climb where Moses stood, And view the landscape o'er,
   Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood, Should fright us from that shore.