Hymn of the day

by Richard on October 18, 2009

IN every time and place,
Who serve the Lord most high,
Are called his sovereign will to embrace,
And still their own deny;
To follow his command,
On earth as pilgrims rove,
And seek an undiscovered land,
And house, and friends above.

Father, the narrow path
To that far country show;
And in the steps of Abraham’s faith
Enable me to go,
A cheerful sojourner
Where’er thou bidd’st me roam,
Till, guided by thy Spirit here,
I reach my heavenly home.

Charles Wesley

This is a ‘double short metre’, so that’s where you need to look for a tune. Diademata (Crown him with many crowns) fits the case, I think

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Tim Chesterton 10.18.09 at 1:24 pm

It’s good on the ‘pilgrim’ bit, but it shares the overemphasis of its time on a future home in heaven, rather than in new bodies on a transformed earth.

Still, I really like the ‘cheerful sojourner’ line.

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Richard 10.18.09 at 8:49 pm

I know what you mean, and I suspect Wesley would too (though I hesitate to speak for him!) As he put it in a more famous hymn: “Anticipate your heaven below, | And own that love is heaven”

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