I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.@Daniel 3:25

John B. Matthias, 1836. This version appeared in Gospel Hymns, Consolidated, Embracing Volumes No. 1, 2, 3 and 4, Without Duplicates (Biglow & Main: 1883).

I saw a wayworn traveler, in tattered garments clad,
And struggling up the mountain, it seemed that he was sad;
His back was laden heavy, his strength was almost gone,
Yet he shouted as he journeyed, Deliverance will come!

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Then palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear.

The summer sun was shining, the sweat was on his brow,
His garments worn and dusty, his step seemed very slow;
But he kept pressing onward, for he was wending home,
Still shouting as he journeyed, Deliverance will come!

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The songsters in the arbor that stood beside the way
Attracted his attention, inviting his delay:
His watchword being Onward! he stopped his ears and ran,
Still shouting as he journeyed, Deliverance will come!

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I saw him in the evening; the sun was bending low;
He’d overtopped the mountain, and reached the vale below:
He saw the Golden City—his everlasting home—
And shouted loud, Hosanna! Deliverance will come!

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While gazing on that city, just o’er the narrow flood,
A band of holy angels came from the throne of God;
They bore him on their pinions safe o’er the dashing foam,
And joined him in his triumph: Deliverance had come!

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I heard the song of triumph they sang upon that shore,
Saying, Jesus has redeemed us to suffer nevermore!
Then casting his eyes backward on the race which he had run,
He shouted loud, Hosanna! Deliverance has come!

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This version, by Mary Amon, appeared in A Collection of Revival Hymns and Plantation Melodies (Cincinnati, Ohio: Marshall W. Taylor & W. Echols, 1883), number 194:

I saw a blood washed traveler, in garments white as snow,
While traveling in the highway where heavenly breezes blow;
His path was full of trials, and yet his face was bright,
He shouted as he journeyed, I’m glad the burden’s light!

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Then palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear.

I saw him in the conflict, when all around was strife;
When wicked men and devils convened to take his life.
I saw him cast in prison—a dungeon dark as night—
And yet I heard him shouting, I’m glad the burden’s light!

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I saw him led from prison, and chained unto the stake,
I heard him shout triumphant, ’Tis all for Jesus’ sake!
I saw the fires when kindled, the faggots burning bright,
He said, The yoke is easy, the burden is so light.

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I saw the flames surround him, his body racked with pain;
He shouted, Jesus saves me! I know that death is gain!
Then casting his eyes upward, before he took his flight,
I heard him faintly whisper, I’m glad the burden’s light.

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This version appeared in The Finest of the Wheat, No. 2 (Chicago, Illinois: Robert R. McCabe, 1894) (🔊 pdf nwc).

I saw a blood washed pilgrim, a sinner saved by grace,
Upon the King’s highway, with peaceful, shining face;
Temptations sore beset him, but nothing could afright;
He said, The yoke is easy, the burden, it is light.

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Then palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear.

His helmet was salvation, a simple faith his shield,
And righteousness his breastplate, the spirit’s sword he’d wield.
All fiery darts arrested, and quenched their blazing flight;
He criedThe yoke is easy, the burden, it is light.

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I saw him in the furnace; he doubted not, nor feared,
And in the flames beside him, the Son of God appeared;
Though seven times ’twas heated, with all the tempter’s might,
He cried, The yoke is easy, the burden, it is light.

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’Mid storms, and clouds, and trials, in prison, at the stake,
He leaped for joy, rejoicing, ’twas all for Jesus’ sake;
That God should count him worthy, was such supreme delight,
He cried, The yoke is easy, the burden, is so light.

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I saw him overcoming, through all the swelling strife,
Until he crossed the threshold of God’s eternal life;
The crown, the throne, the scepter, the name, the stone so white,
Were his, who found, in Jesus, the yoke and burden light.

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