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Thread #53373   Message #821353
Posted By: Charley Noble
08-Nov-02 - 08:35 AM
Thread Name: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
Subject: RE: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
Well, here's a more spiritual one but it's really not clear to me what you're looking for:

Notes: Saints Delight


        This graceful hymn dates back to 1709, being composed by Isaac Watts. Its original title was "The Hopes of Heaven Our Support Under Trials on Earth" which although to the point was quite a mouthful. Among the folk song community, the song is probably better known as "On My Journey Home." Congregations in Southern Appalachia have sung this song for well over 200 years, following the melody and harmony in their "shape-note" hymnals. I'd like to hear this song presented some day at a Congressional hearing on housing reforms.

Words and music by Isaac Watts, 1709


SAINTS DELIGHT


When I can read my title clear
To mansions in the skies,
I'll bid farewell to every fear
And wipe my weeping eyes.

Chorus:

I feel like, I feel like,
I'm on my journey home;
I feel like, I feel like,
I'm on my journey home.


Should earth against my soul engage,
And fiery darts be hurled,
Then I can smile at Satan's rage
And face a frowning world. (CHO)

Let cares like a wild deluge come,
Let storms of sorrow fall;
So I but safely reach my home,
My God, my heaven, my all. (CHO)

There I shall bathe my weary soul,
In seas of heavenly rest,
And not a wave of trouble roll,
Across my peaceful breast. (CHO)

Cordially,
Landlady's Daughter