There Is a Land of Pure Delight

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  1. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    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
     
  2. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks for sharing.....do you have a book of poems from the reformed writers?
     
  3. jason d

    jason d Puritan Board Freshman

  4. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    Good question, Sarah! I'd be interested in knowng if there such a Reformed book of poetry as well.
     
  5. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    Hmm. That is a good question.

    Well, I do have a book of Poems, Hymns & Psalms from Isaac Watts. I also have another by Ralph Erskine.
    But since I'm not home at the moment, I'm not able to check on all that I have. But that's what I can think of right now...
     
  6. carlgobelman

    carlgobelman Puritan Board Freshman

    Trinity Hymnal #597 Trinity Hymnal

    I recently bought a Trinity Hymnal and use it in my morning devotion. The hymns are wonderful for devotional reading.
     
  7. Titus35

    Titus35 Puritan Board Freshman

    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:
     
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