DLXXXIV. The promised land

1 On Jordan's stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye,
To Canaan's fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.

2 O the transporting, rapturous scene,
That rises to my sight!
Sweet fields array'd in living green,
And rivers of delight!

3 There fruits that never fail,
On trees immortal grow:
There rocks and hills, and brooks and vales,
With milk and honey flow.

4 All o'er those wide extended plains
Shines one eternal day;
There God, the sun for ever reigns,
And scatters night away.

5 No chilling winds, or poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and fear'd no more.

6 When shall I reach that happy place,
And be for ever blest?
When shall I see my father's face,
And in his bosom rest?

7 Fill'd with delight, my raptur'd soul
Can here no longer stay:
Tho' Jordan's waves around me roll,
Fearless I'd launch away.

Text Information
First Line: On Jordan's stormy banks I stand
Title: The promised land
Author: S. Stennett
Refrain First Line: We will rest in the fair and happy land
Meter: D. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1792
Topic: Heaven; Heaven: Promised land
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