There is a land of pure delight

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There is a land of pure delight is a hymn by Isaac Watts, published as Hymn 66 in Book 2 of his Hymns and Spiritual Songs.

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1  There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain;

2  There everlasting spring abides,
And never-with'ring flowers:
Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heavenly land from ours.

3  Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
Stand dress'd in living green;
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan roll'd between.

4  But tim'rous mortals start and shrink
To cross this narrow sea,
And linger, shiv'ring on the brink,
And fear to launch away.

5  O could we make our doubts remove,
Those gloomy fears that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love,
With unbeclouded eyes;

6  Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood,
Should fright us from that shore.

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