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Jordan 66

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: William Billings, 1786
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1709
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign,
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.
Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood,
Stand dressed in living green,
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan rolled between.

There is a Land of pure Delight,, Stanzas 1 & 3
Oh could we make our doubts remove,
Those gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love
With unbeclouded eyes.
Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood
Should fright us from the shore.

There is a Land of pure Delight,, Stanzas 5 & 6