WHEN I look up to heaven, And there my Jesus view,
And faith to me is given, Those wonders to pursue.
I cry out, O amazing! Astonish'd at the sight,
And ever would be gazing In raptures of delight.
There on a throne most glorious, With sweet delight I see,
Exalted and victorious, The Lamb that died for me.
– MP, p. 440, sung at revivals in upstate New York, early 1800s
Children play near the old Whitmer farm in Fayette, New York . . .
O do not be discourag'd,
For Jesus is your friend,
And if you lack for knowlege,
He'll not refuse to lend:
Neither will he upbraid you,
Though often you request;
He'll give you grace to conquer,
And take you home to rest.
MP, p. 1675, referring to James 1:5, from the camp meeting hymn of the early 1800s, "Oh When Shall I See Jesus?"–
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