The Heavenly Jerusalem

Representative Text

1 Jerusalem, my happy home,
when shall I come to thee?
When will my sorrows have an end?
Thy joys, when shall I see?

2 O happy harbor of the saints,
O sweet and pleasant soil!
In thee no sorrow may be found,
no grief, no care, no toil.

3 Thy saints are crowned with glory great;
they see God face to face;
they triumph still, they still rejoice;
most happy is their case.

4 Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
God grant that I may see
thine endless joy, and of the same
partaker ever be!

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #420

Author: F. B. P.

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Alterer: David Dickson

Dickson, David, the reputed author of "Jerusalem, my happy home," in the form of "O mother dear, Jerusalem," was a Scottish Presbyterian Minister born at Glasgow in 1583, and for some time Professor of Divinity at Glasgow (1610), and then (1650) in the University of Edinburgh. He was deprived of his office at the Restoration for refusing the Oath of Supremacy, and died in 1663. His Life was published by Robert Wodrow in 1726. His connection with the Jerusalem hymn is given under Jerusalem, my happy home, q.v. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Author (attributed to): Joseph Bromehead

Bromehead, Joseph, M.A., was born in 1748 and educated at Queen's College, Oxford; B.A. 1768, M.A. 1771. Subsequently he was Curate of Eckington, Derbyshire, to his death, January 30, 1826. He was the author of The Melancholy Student, 2nd edition 1776, of some Psalm versions, and the popular form of “Jerusalem, my happy home," q.v. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jerusalem, my happy home, O how I long for thee
Title: The Heavenly Jerusalem
Author: F. B. P.
Alterer: David Dickson
Author (attributed to): Joseph Bromehead
Source: "F. B. P.", 1583
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Jerusalem, my happy home, p. 580, i. A translation of the manuscript text of F. B. P., by G. S. Hodges, is given in his The County Palatine, &c, 1876, as, “O domus, Hierusalem! beata." Note also:—
1. The F. B. P. text is divided in the People's Hymnal
1867, the Hymns of Faith, N. Y., 1887, and others, into two parts. Pt. ii. begins "Ah, my sweet home, Jerusalem."
2. From the Boden and Williams text, 1801, stanzas i.-iv. are given in The Canadian Baptist Hymnal, 1889, as "Jerusalem, my glorious home."
3. See also two letters in the Literary Churchman, July 20 and Aug. 3, 1883.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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