One Sweetly Solemn Thought

One sweetly solemn thought

Author: Phoebe Cary (1852)
Published in 642 hymnals

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1 One sweetly solemn tho't
Comes to me o'er and o'er,
I'm nearer home today
Than I have been before.

Refrain:
Nearer my home, (Beautiful home,)
Nearer my home, (Heavenly home,)
Soon will my work be done,
Then I shall rest at home.

2 Nearer my Father's house,
Where many mansions be;
Nearer the great white throne,
Nearer the crystal sea. [Refrain]

3 For even now my feet
May stand upon its brink;
I may be nearer home,
Nearer than now I think. [Refrain]

4 O let me ready be
Whene'er the call shall come
To bid the world farewell
And gladly leave for home. [Refrain]

5 My heart is over there,
I often long for rest,
And there to join my voice
With all the pure and blest. [Refrain]

Source: His Fullness Songs #491

Author: Phoebe Cary

Phoebe Cary, (1824-1871) was born and raised in Mount Healthy in Hamilton County, Ohio. Her family came from Lyme, New Hampshire to Ohio when her grandfather was given land in return for his service in the Continental Army. She was the younger sister of Alice Cary (1820-1871). She and Alice submitted poetry to religious periodicals. Phoebe remained in Ohio and continued to write many hymns, including, "One sweetly solemn thought." Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: One sweetly solemn thought
Title: One Sweetly Solemn Thought
Author: Phoebe Cary (1852)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

One sweetly solemn thought. Anticipation of Heaven. This piece was not intended for public use, nor is it a suitable metre for musical treatment, yet it has won universal acceptance and popularity. In some instances this has been attained by change of metre as in the Supplement to the Baptist Psalms & Hymns 1880, No. 1185. Johnson's Encyclopedia is in error in saying it was "written at the age of 17." The Congregational Quarterly for Oct., 1874, says, "it was written, she tells us, in the little back third story bedroom, one Sabbath morning in 1852, on her return from church." This statement shows that it was composed when she was 28, and not 17. The popularity of the hymn in Great Britain arose mainly through its use in the Evangelistic services of Messrs. Moody and Sankey. In the Protestant Episcopal Hymns for Church and Home, Phila., 1860, No. 383, it is given as "A sweetly solemn thought." [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book #705

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Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d206

Book of Hymns for the joint Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other states #d205

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #468

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Bright Gems #75

Calvary Echoes #d39

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d711

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #668

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Carmina Sanctorum #668

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Chapel Treasures (Christ Chapel Sabbath-School, Lebanon, PA) #361

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Christ in Song #882

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Christian Endeavor Edition of Sacred Songs No. 1 #109

Christian Hymnal #d375

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Christian Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #611

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Christian Praise #581

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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #310

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Crowns of Rejoicing #196

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Cumberland Hymns, a Collection of "Whosoever Will" Songs. Centenary ed. #d153

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Devotional Melodies, Adapted to Social Worship #d75

Echoes of Eden #d108

Elim; or Hymns of Holy Refreshment #d81

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d358

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #531

Everybody's Hymn Book for Church and Home #d239

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Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #76

Faith and Hope Hymns #d71

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Faith Hymns (New ed.) #282

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Favorite Hymns #IV

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Free Methodist Hymnal #624

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Free Methodist Hymnal #727

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Garlands of Praise #20a

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Garnered Gems of Sunday School Song #130

Glad Praise #d116

Glad Tidings #d131

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Glad Tidings in Song #244

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Glad Tidings #59

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Gleanings of sacred song #27

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Gloria Deo #481

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Go Ye Therefore No. 2 #d80

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