The Sands of Time

Words:7.6.7.6.7.6.7.5 • Anne Ross Cousin (1857)
Music:RUTHERFORD • Chrètien Urhan (1834), arr. Edward F. Rimbault (1867) with historical influences

Words

1.

The sands of time are sinking,
  The dawn of heaven breaks;
The summer morn I’ve sighed for,
  The fair, sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark hath been the midnight,
  But dayspring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
  In Immanuel’s land.

2.

The King there, in His beauty,
  Without a veil is seen;
It were a well-spent journey,
  Though sev’n deaths lay between:
The Lamb, with His fair army,
  Doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
  In Immanuel’s land.

3.

O Christ, He is the Fountain,
  The deep, sweet well of love;
The streams on earth I’ve tasted,
  More deep I’ll drink above:
There, to an ocean fullness,
  His mercy doth expand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
  In Immanuel’s land.

4.

With mercy and with judgment,
  My web of time He wove;
And aye the dews of sorrow
  Were brightened by His love:
I’ll bless the hand that guided,
  I’ll bless the heart that planned,
When throned where glory dwelleth
  In Immanuel’s land.

5.

The bride eyes not her garment,
  But her dear bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory,
  But on my King of grace;
Not at the crown He giveth,
  But on His pierced hand:
The Lamb is all the glory
  Of Immanuel’s land.

6.

I’ve wrestled on t’wards heaven,
  ’Gainst storm and wind and tide;
Now, like a weary trav’ler
  That leaneth on his guide,
Amid the shades of evening,
  While sinks life’s ling’ring sand,
I hail the glory dawning
  From Immanuel’s land.

7.

I shall sleep sound in Jesus,
  Fill’d with His likeness rise
To live and to adore Him,
  To see Him with these eyes.
The King of Kings in Zion
  My presence doth command,
With Him, where glory dwelleth
  In Immanuel’s land.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 710 Lacks vss 4, 5, 6, 7;
Different verse order
Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise 900 Lacks vss 5, 6, 7;
Different verse order
Identical
Praise for the Lord 650 Lacks vss 2, 7;
Different verse order
Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 234 Lacks vss 4, 5, 6, 7;
Different verse order
Identical
Songs of the Church 521 Lacks vss 5, 6, 7;
Different verse order
Identical
Sacred Selections n/a
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 511 Lacks vss 5, 6, 7;
Different verse order
Identical

Sources

Words

1According to John Julian, Annie Ross Cousin selected the six stanzas for this hymnal.

Music

References

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