Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.@Isaiah 30:29
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Eben E. Rexford (1848-1916)

Eben E. Rexford, 1901.

Ira D. Sankey (🔊 pdf nwc).

In the year 1901 Mr. Eben Rexford, editor of the Ladies’ Home Journal landscape and gardening department, wrote me, asking a donation of fifty copies of Gospel Hymns for a poor church, saying he would give me twenty new hymns in exchange. I sent the books and received the hymns, among which I found A Song of Heaven and Homeland, which I soon set to music, and which I consider one of my best compositions. It was first published in the Ladies’ Home Journal.

Sankey, p. 319

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Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908)

Sometimes I hear strange music,
Like none e’er heard before,
Come floating softly earthward
As thro’ Heav’n’s open door:
It seems like angel voices,
In strains of joy and love,
That swell the mighty chorus
Around the throne above.

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O sweet, celestial music,
Heard from a land afar—
The song of Heav’n and Homeland,
Thro’ doors God leaves ajar!

Now soft, and low, and restful,
It floods my soul with peace,
As if God’s benediction
Bade all earth’s troubles cease.
Then, grander than the voices
Of wind, and wave, and sea—
It fills the dome of Heaven
With glorious harmony.

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This music haunts me ever,
Like something heard in dreams—
It seems to catch the cadence
Of heav’nly winds and streams.
My heart is filled with rapture,
To think, some day to come,
I’ll sing it with the angels—
The song of Heav’n and home.

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