Earth, with Its Dark and Dreadful Ills

Earth, with its dark and dreadful ills

Author: Alice Cary
Tune: SAWLEY (Walch)
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1. Earth, with all its dark and dreadful ills,
Recedes and fades away;
Lift up your heads, ye heavenly hills,
Ye gates of death, give way!

2. My soul is full of whispered song;
My blindness is my sight;
The shadows that I feared so long
Are all alive with light.

3. The while my pulses faintly beat,
My faith doth so abound;
I feel grow firm beneath my feet
The green immortal ground.

4. That faith to me a courage gives,
Low as the grave to go;
I know that my Redeemer lives—
That I shall live, I know.

5. The palace walls I almost see
Where dwells my Lord and king;
O grave! where is thy victory?
O death! where is thy sting?

Author: Alice Cary

Alice Cary (1820-1871) was born and raised in Mount Healthy in Hamilton County, Ohio. Her family had come from Lyme, New Hampshire when her grandfather was given land in return for his service in the Continental Army. After she and her sister Phoebe wrote for local religious periodicals she moved to New York City where she became nationally recognized as a writer of short stories. Her hymn "Along the mountain track of life" was published in H.W.Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1856. Her hymn titled "Nearer Home" was published in W.A.Ogden's Crown of Life (Toledo, OH: Whitney, 1875). Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

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First Line: Earth, with its dark and dreadful ills
Title: Earth, with Its Dark and Dreadful Ills
Author: Alice Cary
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


SAWLEY (Walch)

This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou. Scottish church music: its sources and composers, 189…

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