There Is a Land of Pure Delight
There is a land of pure delight
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.
There everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers;
Death like a narrow sea divides
This heavenly land from ours.
Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
Stand dressed in living green;
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan rolled between.
But timorous mortals start and shrink
To cross this narrow sea,
And linger shivering on the brink,
And fear to launch away.
Oh! could we make our doubts remove,
These gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love
With unbeclouded eyes:
Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's stream, nor Death's cold flood
Should fright us from the shore.
- Isaac Watts
Reformed poetry book suggestion
I also have a treasured copy of the book mentioned above, entitled "The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts." This book is pure poetry...literally. It's 600pages are filled with scriptural poetry (Hymns), including Watts' Complete PSALTER (the Book of Psalms turned into beautiful rhyming poetry.) And the book concludes with several helpful indexes.
This book, in my opinion, breathes of heaven. It was published by Soli Deo Gloria Publications (1997). Read this book as a devotional and you will hear the voice of our Shepherd loving you. What a sweet book :amen: