Scripture Verse

I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Philippians 1:23

Introduction

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Nahum Mitchell
1769–1853

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 295: The hap­pi­ness of de­part­ing, and be­ing with Christ.

Music: Hea­ven­ly Flight Na­hum Mitch­ell, in the Bridge­wa­ter Col­lec­tion, fourth edi­tion, by Mitch­ell, Ben­ja­min Holt, & Bar­tho­lo­mew Brown, 1816 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Lyrics

While on the verge of life I stand,
And view the scene on either hand,
My spirit struggles with my clay,
And longs to wing its flight away.

Where Je­sus dwells my soul would be,
And faints my much loved Lord to see:
Earth, twine no more about my heart,
For ’tis far better to depart.

Come, ye angelic envoys, come,
And lead the willing pilgrim home!
Ye know the way to Je­sus’ throne—
Source of my joys and of your own.

That blissful interview, how sweet,
To fall transported at His feet:
Raised in His arms to view His face,
Thro’ the full beamings of His grace.

To see Heav’n’s shining courtiers round,
Each with immortal glories crowned!
And, while His form in each I trace,
Beloved, and loving all t’embrace!

As with a seraph’s voice to sing!
To fly as on a cherub’s wing!
Performing with unwearied hands
A present Sav­ior’s high commands!

Yet with these prospects full in sight,
I’ll wait Thy signal for my flight;
For, while Thy service I pursue,
I find my Heav’n begun below.