Scripture Verse

They desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God. Hebrews 11:16

Introduction

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Thomas Kelly
(1769–1855)

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, 1820.

Music: Ew­yas Har­old Sam­u­el S. Wes­ley, in A Se­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), num­ber 96 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Samuel S. Wesley
(1810–1876)

Lyrics

From Egypt lately come,
Where death and darkness reign,
We seek our new, our better home,
Where we our rest shall gain.

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Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
We are on our way to God.

To Canaan’s sacred bound
We haste with songs of joy!
Where peace and liberty are found,
And sweets that never cloy.

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Our toils and conflicts cease
On Canaan’s happy shore;
We there shall dwell in endless peace,
And never hunger more.

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But hark! those distant sounds
That strike our listening ears,
They come from Canaan’s happy bounds,
Where God our king appears.

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There, in celestial strains,
Enraptured myriads sing;
There love in every bosom reigns,
For God Himself is king.

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We soon shall join the throng,
Their pleasures we shall share;
And sing the everlasting song,
With all the ransomed there.

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How sweet the prospect is!
It cheers the pilgrim’s heart;
We’re journeying through the wilderness,
But soon shall gain our rest.

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