Scripture Verse

There is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

Introduction

Words: R. Ho­ra­tio Har­din, in Songs of Love and Praise No. 4, by John Swe­ney & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1897).

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Har­din (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Tho’ rough may be thy path, and long,
Remember! that with grief as sore,
And burdens larger far than thine,
Some heart has gone this way before.

Refrain

Trust then in Christ! His arm will guide
Each faithful one thro’ Jordan’s tide;
Hope on! the race will soon be past
And victory will come at last.

Tho’ dark may be the gath’ring night;
Tho’ loud and long the storm may roar;
Take courage! thou art not the first,
Some heart has gone this way before.

Refrain

Some heart has gone this way before,
Some feet have scaled this dizzy height;
Some yearning eyes have pierced the gloom,
And seen the dawn of Heaven’s light.

Refrain

So thou, dear pilgrim, too, canst go;
Some day thy trials will be o’er;
For unto rest and peace beyond,
Some heart has gone this way before.

Refrain