Jacob's ladder

As Jacob with travel was weary one day

Author: Anonymous
Tune: JACOB'S LADDER (English)
Published in 42 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 As Jacob with travel was weary one day,
At night on a stone for a pillow he lay;
He saw in a vision a ladder so high
That its foot was on earth and its top in the sky:

Alleluia to Jesus, who died on the tree,
And has raised up a ladder of mercy for me,
And has raised up a ladder of mercy for me.

2 This ladder is long, it is strong and well made,
Has stood hundreds of years and is not yet decayed;
Many millions have climbed it and reached Sion’s hill,
And thousands by faith are climbing it still: [Refrain]

3 Come, let us ascend! All may climb it who will;
For the angels of Jacob are guarding it still:
And remember, each step that by faith we pass o’er,
Some prophet or martyr hath trod it before: [Refrain]

4 And when we arrive at the haven of rest,
We shall hear the glad words, “Come up hither, ye blest,
Here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss."
Oh, who would not climb such a ladder as this? [Refrain]

Source: One and All Rejoice #268

Author: Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: As Jacob with travel was weary one day
Title: Jacob's ladder
Author: Anonymous
Meter: Irregular
Source: English Carol, ca. 18th cent.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hallelujah to Jesus who died on the tree
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 17 of 17)

Ancient and Modern #590

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #41

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Common Praise (1998) #535


Common Praise #378


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #775

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #435

Hymns and Psalms #444

Hymns Old and New #36


One and All Rejoice #268

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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #628

Sing and Rejoice! #7


The Cyber Hymnal #8247


The Hymnal 1982 #453

The Sacred Harp #551


The Worshiping Church #637

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #245

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Worship Songs #5

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