I sojourn in a vale of tears

I sojourn in a vale of tears

Author: John Mason
Published in 27 hymnals

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1 I sojourn in a vale of tears,
Alas how can I sing!
My harp doth on the willows hand,
Distun'd in ev'ry string.

2 My music is a captive's chains;
Harsh sounds my ears to fill;
How shall I sing sweet Zion's songs,
On this side Zion's hill?

3 Yet lo! I hear the joyful sound,
Surely I'll quickly come!
Each word much sweetness doth distil,
Like a full honey comb.

4 And dost thou come my dearest Lord?
And dost thou surely come?
And dost thou surely quickly come?
Methinks I am at home.

5 Come then my dearest, dearest Lord,
My sweetest surest friend;
Come, for I loath these Kedar tents!
The fiery chariot send.

6 What have I in this barren land?
My Jesus is not here;
Mine eyes will ne'er be blest until
My Jesus doth appear.

7 My Jesus is gone up to heav'n
To get a place for me;
For 'tis his will, that where he is
There should his servants be.

8 Canaan I view from Pisgah's top,
Of Canaan's grapes I taste;
My Lord who sends unto me here,
Will send for me at last.

9 I have a God that changeth not,
Why should I be perplext?
My God that owns me in this world
Will own me in the next.

10 My dearest friends they dwell above;
Them I will go to see:
And all my friends in Christ below
Will soon come after me.



Source: Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #CXLVI

Author: John Mason

Mason, John. The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise, his paraphrase of The Song of Solomon, and the Poem on Dives and Lazarus, with which Shepherd's Penitential Cries was afterwards bound up. This volume passed through twenty editions. Besides the Songs of Praise, it contains six Penitential Cries by Mason, and it i… Go to person page >

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First Line: I sojourn in a vale of tears
Author: John Mason
Language: English

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I sojourn in a vale of tears. J. Mason. [Hope.] First published in his Songs of Praise, &c, 1683, No. 30, in 9 stanzas of 8 lines, as the "Song of Praise for the Hope of Glory," and repeated in D. Sedgwick's reprint, 1859, p. 46. From it three centos are in common use:--
1. I sojourn in a vale of tears. In use in America specially.
2. And dost Thou come, 0 blessed Lord. In Bickersteth's Christian Psalmist, 1833, No. 535, and others.
3. My Saviour is gone up to heaven.
In Bickersteth, 1833, No. 536. and others. The text of all these centos is slightly altered from the original.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: intended for the edification of sincere Christians of all denominations #XXVIIIText
A Collection of Hymns #356Page Scan
A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d138
A New Selection of Nearly Eight Hundred Evangelical Hymns, from More than 200 Authors in England, Scotland, Ireland, & America, including a great number of originals, alphabetically arranged #248Page Scan
A New Selection of Seven Hundred Evangelical Hymns ... intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Tunes #248Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #108Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns: including a few originals, designed to aid the friends of Zion in their private and social worship #20Page Scan
Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #CXLVITextPage Scan
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs for ... Religious Assemblies and Private Christians ... 9th ed. #d82
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the Use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians (7th Ed. Rev.) #146TextPage Scan
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians (Latest and largest ed.) #CXLIIIPage Scan
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the Use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians. 8th ed. #d76
Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being formerly a collection (12th ed.) #81Page Scan
Evangelical Hymns: for private, family, social, and public worship; selected from various authors (3rd ed. enl.) #112Page Scan
General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d146
Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #6Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #S16Page Scan
Hymns for Church and Home #372Page Scan
Hymns for the Sick-Room #42Page Scan
Hymns of the Higher Life #165Page Scan
Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed. corr.) #196Page Scan
Hymns, Original and Selected, for the use of Christians #d110
Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d121
Public, Parlour, and Cottage Hymns. A New Selection #I.46Page Scan
Songs of Zion, Being a New Selection of Hymns, Designed for Revival and Social Meetings #51Page Scan
Songs of Zion: Being a Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the Pious of All Denominations. Third ed. #d47
The Lord's Songs: a collection of composures in metre, such as have been most used in the late glorious revivals; Dr. Watts' psalms and hymns excepted #CXXIVPage Scan



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