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Hymn: When I set our for heaven (FL)

Hymnal: The Christian Psalmist

Date: 1850

Compiler: Silas W Leonard and A D Fillmore

Publisher/Printer: S W Leonard

First Line: When I set our for heaven

Topic: <no topic given>

Writer: <no first name given> <no last name given>

Composer: S Leonard

Meter: PM

Tune: Olden Times

Hymn Number: <no hymn number given>

Page Number: 308, click to see hymnal pages


When I set out for hea-ven

But few were in the way,

But oftentimes together

We met to praise and pray;

Our bosoms glowed with rapture,

With love our hearts were fired;

We sung and talk'd of glory,

We sung and never tired.

Those days were full of sweetness,

I think upon them yet;

Their holy joy and gladness

I never can forget:

We were a band of brothers,

Of brothers fond and true;

We were a band of brothers,

And loved as brothers do.

The world was all against us,

What cared we for its frown?

A better world before us

Contained a starry crown:

We trampled on earth's pleasures,

Its riches were but dross;

Its glory was all tarnished,

We gloried in the cross.

When one was called to leave us,

And fly away to God,

We cheered him with our voices

While crossing Jordan's flood:

We sung the songs of Zion

Around his dying bed,

And witnessed with what triumph

The soul from sorrow fled.

Then with our friends departed,

We seemed the earth to leave;

And soaring up like seraphs

Forgot to weep and grieve;

With patriarchs and prophets,

And blood-washed throngs above,

We sung the loud hosannah-

The song of heavenly love.

Ye friends of former seasons,

Of happy youthful days,

All, all have gone before me,

Ye all have run your race;

And mine will soon be finished;

I haste to grasp your hand,

To join again my comrades

In that undying land.