I saw a wayworn traveler

I saw a wayworn traveler

Author: John B. Matthias
Tune: [I saw a wayworn traveler]
Published in 96 hymnals

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1 I saw a wayworn traveler,
In tattered garments clad,
And struggling up the mountain,
It seemed that he was sad;
His back was laden heavy,
His strength was almost gone,
Yet he shouted as he journeyed,
“Deliverance will come!”

Then palms of victory,
Crowns of glory,
Palms of victory
I shall wear.

2 The summer sun was shining,
The sweat was on his brow,
His garments worn and dusty,
His step seemed very slow;
But he kept pressing onward,
For he was wending home,
Still shouting as he journeyed,
“Deliverance will come!” [Refrain]

3 The songsters in the arbor
That stood beside the way
Attracted his attention,
Inviting his delay:
His watchword being “Onward!”
He stopped his ears and ran,
Still shouting as he journeyed,
“Deliverance will come!” [Refrain]

4 I saw him in the evening;
The sun was bending low;
He’d overtopped the mountain,
And reached the vale below:
He saw the Golden City—
His everlasting home—
And shouted loud, “Hosanna!
Deliverance will come!” [Refrain]

5 While gazing on that city,
Just o’er the narrow flood,
A band of holy angels came from the throne of God;
They bore him on their pinions
Safe o’er the dashing foam,
And joined him in his triumph:
Deliverance had come! [Refrain]

6 I heard the song of triumph
They sang upon that shore,
Saying, “Jesus has redeemed
Us to suffer nevermore!”
Then casting his eyes backward
On the race which he had run,
He shouted loud, “Hosanna!
Deliverance has come!” [Refrain]

Source: Beulah Songs: a choice collection of popular hymns and music, new and old. Especially adapted to camp meetings, prayer and conference meetings, family worship, and all other assemblies where Jesus... #12

Author: John B. Matthias

Born: January 21, 1767, Germantown, New York. Died: May 27, 1848, Hempstead, Long Island, New York. Buried: Methodist churchyard, Hempstead, Long Island, New York. Matthias moved to New York City as a young man, and attended the John Street Methodist Church. He was licensed as a Methodist preacher in 1793, and four years later Bishop Asbury ordained him a deacon. He entered the "itinerant connection" in 1811, and in 1813 Bishop McKendree ordained him an elder. He pastored at a number of locations in New York, and by 1836 was in Huntington, where he wrote Deliverance Will Come. In 1841, failing eyesight forced him to retire to Hempstead, Long Island. Sources: Choir Herald, June 1947, pp. 222-23 http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio… Go to person page >

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First Line: I saw a wayworn traveler
Author: John B. Matthias
Refrain First Line: Then palms of victory, crowns of glory


This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.



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Instances (96)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
A Messenger for Jesus #d120
A. M. E. C. Hymnal #526
Banner of Love, Complete (No. 1, 2, 3 & 4 Combined) #d12
Bells of Heaven: a Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes "New and Old" #d165
Beulah Songs: a choice collection of popular hymns and music, new and old. Especially adapted to camp meetings, prayer and conference meetings, family worship, and all other assemblies where Jesus... #12TextImage
Bible Temperance Hymns #d20
Bible Temperance Hymns #59Image
Billows of Song #d67
Bright Gems: for Sabbath-schools, prayer-meetings, services of song, etc. #49Image
Church and Sunday School Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs ... [with Deutscher Anhang] #132Image
Cross and Crown Hymnal (Church of the Pillar of Fire). 3rd ed. #d159
Crowning Glory No. 1: a choice collection of gospel hymns #188Image
Crowns of Glory #d52
Full Salvation Hymnal #d62
Gems of Sacred Song #d77
Glorious Things in Sacred Song for use in Sabbath Schools and Gospel Meetings #G149eImage
Golden Grain: No. 1: for Sabbath schools, gospel meetings, etc. #193Image
Golden Leaves: a collection of choice hymns and tunes adapted to Sabbath-schools, social meetings, Bible classes, &c. #5aImage
Gospel Gems #d68
Gospel Hymns No. 4 #d31
Gospel Voices No. 3 #d54
Great Joy! : a new and favorite collection of hymns and music, for gospel meetings, prayer, temperance, and camp meetings, and Sunday schools #208Image
Heavenly Recruit Praise Hymns #d42
Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #900Image
Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d236
Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #900Image
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d501
Hymns New and Old, Revised #d95
Hymns of the Millennial Dawn, with Music: a Choice Collection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d111
Inspirational Songs for Sunday School, Social Worship, Missionary and Evangelistic Work #d87
International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #165Image
Joy to the World: or, sacred songs for gospel meetings #133Image
Lasting Hymns: a collection of songs specially designed for every department of worship and suitable for all services of the churches #195Image
Living Songs of Faith and Hope #d72
New Christian Hymn and Tune Book. Word ed. #d45
New Songs of the Gospel (Nos. 1, 2, and 3 combined) #267Image
New Songs of the Gospel No. 3: for use in religious meetings #81Image
Our Favorite Hymnal #d133
Our Hymns of Love, a Choice Collection of Gospel Songs #d65
Pearls of Truth in Song #d35
Poems and Hymns of Dawn #127Image
Popular Selections from Hymns New and Old #d39
Prayer and Praise: or Hymns and Tunes for Prayer Meetings, Praise Meetings, Experience Meetings, Revivals, Missionary Meetings and all special occasions of Christian work and worship #144Image
Resurrected Songs prepared for the Church #d91
Sacred Melodies (Revised) #d128
Sacred Melodies: Nos.1 and 2 combined (As used by Evangelist H. W. Brown and others, in Gospel Meetings and other religious services) #171Image
Sacred Songs and Solos: with standard hymns, combined: 750 pieces #302
Song Land Melodies #d76
Songs and Praises for Revivals, Sunday Schools, Singing Schools, and General Church Work #d36
Songs of Cheer for the Master's Workers #d22
Songs of Joy and Gladness #214Image
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #1279Image
Songs of Praises, for Use in Revival Meetings #d39
Songs of Refreshing Nos. 1 and 2 Combined. Rev. #d67
Songs of Refreshing: adapted for use in revival meetings, camp meetings, and the social services of the church. #100Image
Songs of Salvation #d36
Songs of Saving Power #d90
Songs of the Savior's Love #d89
Songs of the Soul #d61
Songs of the Soul #d69
Songs of the Sun Bright Clime: a collection of choice music and poetry, for Sabbath schools and gospel meetings #97aImage
Songs of Triumph: adapted to prayer meetings, camp meetings, and all other seasons of religious worship #35Image
Songs that Touch the Heart. Vol. 4 #d21
Spiritual Life Songs #d49
Spiritual Songs for Gospel Meetings and the Sunday School #64aImage
Sweet Harmonies: a new song book of gospels songs for use in revivals and all religious gatherings, sunday-schools, etc. #131Image
Temple Chimes #d116
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d360
The Baptist Standard Hymnal with Responsive Readings #d238
The Cokesbury Hymnal #142
The Complete Church Hymnal #d117
The Crowning Glory Nos. 1 and 2 #d155
The Cyber Hymnal #1213TextAudioScore
The Evangelist No. 3. (Music ed.) #61Image
The Garner #d52
The Go Ye Hymnal #d50
The Gospel Alarm #d69
The Gospel Call: choice songs for revivals, Sunday-schools and the church #80Image
The Gospel Invitation #d33
The Gospel Praise Book #d192
The Gospel Shower; a Collection of Gospel Hymns #d75
The Old School Hymnal No. 7. Rev. #d122
The People's Hymnal: for use in public and social worship #525Image
The Revival Harp No. 2 #d35
The Richard Allen A.M.E. Hymnal, with Responsive Scripture Readings. Rev. #d169
The Royal Fountain No.4: sacred songs and hymns for use in Sabbath-school or prayer meeting #29Image
The Select Hymn and Song Book #d137
The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1145Image
The Shining Light: a varied collection of sacred songs for Sabbath-schools, social meetings and the home circle #138Image
The Voice of Praise, a new collection #d58
Times of Refreshing: a New Collection of Gospel Hymns and Songs #d85
Times of Refreshing: a Winnowed Collection of Gospel Hymns and Songs. Rev. #d86
Times of Refreshing: Old and New Century Hymns and Songs. 20th cent. ed. #d101
Treasured Hymns of the Radio Devotional League #d46
Triumphant Songs No.3 #97Image
Zion's Praise #d44