I’ve reached the land of corn and wine
I’ve reached the land of corn and wine. Edgar Page Stites* (1836-1921).
This is sometimes known as ‘Beulah land’, from the visionary refrain:
O Beulah land, sweet Beulah land,
As on thy highest mount I stand,
I look away across the sea,
Where mansions are prepared for me,
And view the shining glory shore,
My Heav’n, my home for ever more!
Although line 4 of this refrain is clearly from John 14: 2, the whole hymn is the expression of some kind of ecstatic experience, with its imagery of a sublime geography of heaven based loosely on images from Revelation (‘ever vernal trees’, ‘streams of life’, ‘zephyrs’, and ‘angels with the white robed throng’). Stites said:
It was in 1876 that...
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