Jerusalem on high

Jerusalem on high. Samuel Crossman* (1625-1684). Published in The Young Mans Meditation, or some few sacred poems upon select subjects, and scriptures (1664). This was a small collection of nine hymns, bound in at the end of Crossman’s The Young Mans Monitor. Or, A modest Offer toward the Pious, and Vertuous Composure of Life from Youth to Riper Years (1664). It was reprinted in facsimile by Daniel Sedgwick* in 1863, which made Crossman’s hymns available to the 19th century. From it comes the poem entitled ‘Heaven’, in two parts. Part I begins ‘Sweet place! Sweet place alone’*. It was written in Crossman’s favourite metre of 6666.4444., the traditional metre for the 148th Psalm. Part II,...

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