Scripture Verse

The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which flows with milk and honey. Numbers 14:7–8


Words: Mrs. A. F. Chaf­fee, in Ca­rols of Hope, ed­it­ed by Cla­rence M. Sea­mans, Fred­er­ick Stan­ton & Fran­cis A. Black­mer (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1906), page 129.

Music: Miles Can­yon Fred­er­ick S. Stan­ton, Sr. (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Chaf­fee’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her or Stan­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Return of the Spies

O thanks, O thanks,
A thou­sand times re­peat­ed,
We know your names,
Ye va­li­ant, faith­ful two;
Your low­est words
Are like a song from Hea­ven;
Ye searched the land
Out bet­ter than ye knew.

When through the camp,
There rings the cry for Egypt,
And all the tribes
Sway back­ward in des­pair,
We turn to you,
Who bear the pur­ple clus­ters,
For still ye say,
Surely the land is fair.

We pray you, friends,
Walk clos­er still be­side us,
Talk with us oft­en
Of the way ye took;
When ye be­held
The figs and po­me­gran­ates,
And plucked the grapes
That grew by Es­chol’s bank.

When doubts, like gloomy
Birds fly on be­fore us,
And clouds ob­scure
The path which must be trod,
Speak low to us
Of Si­nai and its glo­ry,
Repeat the name
Of Is­ra­el’s migh­ty God.