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[I am thinking today of the beautiful land]

[I am thinking today of the beautiful land]

Composer: John R. Sweney
Published in 162 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: John R. Sweney

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy. Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregati… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [I am thinking today of the beautiful land]
Composer: John R. Sweney
Incipit: 34545 13217 12234
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Piano Solo

  • Channels Only: Intermediate Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Nathan Arnold
    Published By: SoundForth (2007) pp. 14
  • Advanced Hymnplayer Book 2
    Composer/Editors Flora Jean Garlock; Judy Swaim
    Published By: Praise Hymn, Inc. (1976) pp. 14

Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

  • Sunlight: Piano Preludes for Four hands
    Composer/Editor Hermon Warford
    Published By: Broadman Press (1982) pp. 29

Organ Solo

  • The Organist's Library Volume 59
    Composer/Editor Fred B. Binckes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 67
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 78 Number 5 May June 2015: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Fred B. Binckes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2015) pp. 33
  • Gospel Hymns for Organ: Registered for All Organs
    Composer/Editor Ralph Sunden
    Published By: Pointer System, Inc. (1968) pp. 28
  • The Gospel Organist Volume One
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1963) pp. 42
  • The Gospel Organist Volume One: Gospel-Song Arrangements Suitable for Preludes, Offertories, Specials
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1963) pp. 42
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 26 Number 6 August 1963: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; Van Denman Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1963) pp. 76


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #742
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #7483
Text: Will There Be Any Stars?
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


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The Cyber Hymnal #7483


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Timeless Truths #91

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