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There is a Land of pure Delight,

A Prospect of Heaven makes Death easy.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
There is a Land of pure Delight,
Where Saints immortal reign:
Infinite Day excludes the Night,
And Pleasures banish Pain.

Jordan 66, Stanza 1a

Gathering Home 33, Stanza 1 (Lines 1 & 3)
There everlasting Spring abides,
And never-with’ring Flow’rs:
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This Heav’nly Land from ours.

[Sweet Fields beyond the swelling Flood,
Stand dress’d in living Green:
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan roll’d between.

Jordan 66, Stanza 1b

But tim’rous Mortals start and shrink,
To cross this narrow Sea;
And linger, shiv’ring on the Brink,
And fear to launch away.]

O! Could we make our Doubts remove,
Those gloom Doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love
With unbeclouded Eyes!

Jordan 66, Stanza 2a

Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the Landskip o’er
Not Jordan’s Streams, nor Death’s cold Flood,
Should fright us from the Shore.

Jordan 66, Stanza 2b

Watts, Isaac. Hymns and Spiritual Songs: In Three Books. 1773 ed. London: S. Strahan et. al., 1773.