Scripture Verse

A better country, that is, a heavenly one. Hebrews 11:16


Words: Hen­ry Vaugh­an, Si­lex Scin­til­lans, or Sac­red Po­ems 1650.

Music: Vul­pi­us Mel­chi­or Vul­pi­us, Ein schön geist­lich Ge­sang­buch (Je­na, Ger­ma­ny: 1609) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Vaugh­an or Vul­pi­us (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


My soul, there is a coun­try,
Afar be­yond the stars,
Where stands a wing­èd sen­try,
All skill­ful in the wars.

There, above noise and dan­ger,
Sweet Peace sits crowned with smiles,
And One born in a man­ger
Commands the beau­te­ous files.

He is thy gra­cious friend
And (O my soul, awake!)
Did in pure love des­cend,
To die here for thy sake.

If thou canst get but thi­ther,
There grows the flow­er of peace,
The rose that can­not wi­ther,
Thy fort­ress, and thy ease.

Leave, then, thy fool­ish rang­es;
For none can thee se­cure
But One, who ne­ver chang­es,
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.