There is a river pure and bright,
Whose streams make glad the heavenly plains,
Where, in eternity of light,
The City of our God remains.
Built by the word of His command,
With His unclouded presence blest,
Firm as His throne, the bulwarks stand;
There is our home, our hope, our rest.
Thither let fervent faith aspire;
Our treasure and our heart be there:
Oh! for a seraph's wing of fire!
No,--on the mightier wings of prayer,--
We reach at once that last retreat,
And, ranged among the ransom'd throng,
Fall with the elders at His feet,
Whose Name alone inspires their song.
Ah! soon, how soon! our spirits droop;
Unwont the air of heaven to breathe;
Yet God, in very deed, will stoop,
And dwell Himself with men beneath.
Come to thy living temples, then,
As in the ancient times appear;
Let earth be Paradise again,
And man, O God! thine image here.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
There is a river pure and bright. J. Montgomery. [Hope of Heaven.] From his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 229, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Rugby School Chapel Hymns, 1872 and 1906, it is abbreviated to stanzas i-iv.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Instances (6)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|General Baptist Hymn Book #d464||There is a river pure and bright||James Mongtomery||1859|
|Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d794||There is a river pure and bright||James Mongtomery||1848|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #229||There is a river pure and bright||There is a river pure and bright||James Montgomery||18.104.22.168||Psalm 46||1854|
|Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #74||There is a river pure and bright||James Mongtomery||1897|
|The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #P46d||There is a river pure and bright||James Mongtomery||1840|
|The Church Hymn Book #d546||There is a river pure and bright||James Mongtomery||1867|