I’m pressing on the upward way
I’m pressing on the upward way. Johnson Oatman, Jr.* (1856-1922).
Written in 1898 and published in Songs of Love and Praise, No 5 (Philadelphia,1898) edited by John R. Sweney*, Frank M. Davis (1839-96), and J. Howard Entwistle (1866-1903), with a tune by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel*, HIGHER GROUND, taken from the memorable refrain:
Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
According to Donald P. Hustad* (1978, p. 124) this hymn was ‘a favorite in “holiness” campmeetings and secured a lasting place in American hymnody’ (p. 124). It certainly appeared in very many gospel song hymnbooks, such as...
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