Christ My Song - 863
It was as if upon his breast - The Land of promise
(Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Land of promise.
"All the Land which thou seest, to thee will I give it.”
(Genesis 13, 15)
1. It was as if upon his breast
he laid his piercèd hand,
and said “To thee, beloved and blessed,
I give this goodly land.” (PDF - Midi)
2. O Land of fountains and of deeps,
of God's exhaustless store –
O blessed Land, where he who reaps
shall never hunger more –
3. O summer Land, for ever fair
with God's unfading flowers;
O Land, where spices fill the air,
and songs the golden towers –
4. O Land of safety, Land of home,
of God my Father's kiss,
to thee, O glorious Land, I come,
my heritage of bliss.
5. Lord, not through works of righteousness,
the works that I have done,
but through the glory of thy grace,
the merit of thy Son,
6. to me this goodly Land is given,
the heart of Christ to me –
my Home, my Blessedness, my Heaven;
my God, I worship thee.
Gertrude of Hellfde, † 1330.
Frances Bevan (after Gertrude of Hellfde), Hymns of Ter Steegen and others 2, 1899, 101-102.