Christ My Song - 1440
A land I know there is
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
A land I know there is.
"The land that is very far off." (Isaiah 33,17)
1. A land I know there is,
though far away from this,
where toil and trouble are no more;
this land I sometimes see,
and then I fain would be
in safety on the happy shore.
2. 'Tis trouble here and grief,
but hope affords relief;
the hope of an eternal rest,
the hope of reaching home,
the hope of joys to come,
the hope of being ever blessed.
3. 'Tis labour here, and strife
that only ends with life,
for here we dwell amidst our foes;
on yonder happy shore
our foes are seen no more,
and there we shall enjoy repose.
4. This mind be always mine,
a fervent wish to join
with those who from their labours rest:
and yet a will to stay,
till God sees fit to say,
"Come up, and be for ever blessed."
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 644.