He dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.@Genesis 28:12
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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Fanny Cros­by, in Joyful Lays, edited by Rob­ert Low­ry & W. How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1884), number 18.

W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Jacob’s Dream, James Tissot (1896–1902)

Day had softly faded
In the golden west,
Jacob, sad and lonely,
Laid him down to rest;
Tho’ a stone his pillow,
Soon he calmly slept,
While the stars above him
Silent vigil kept.

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O that night at Bethel!
Bright with joy its holy beam;
There his soul uplifted,
Heard the voice of God in a dream.

On a wondrous ladder,
Reaching to the skies,
Angel forms descending,
Filled him with surprise;
From its lofty summit,
Came the words divine:
I, the Lord, have promised,
Lo, this land is thine.

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Far from home and kindred,
In that lonely spot,
God was watching o’er him,
Yet he knew it not;
Thus the hand whose mercy
Governs all our ways,
Out of deepest trial,
Brings the highest praise.

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