On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand. Samuel Stennett* (1727-1795).
First published in John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns from the best authors (1787), where it was attributed to ‘Dr. S. Stennett’ and entitled ‘The promised Land’. It was obviously based on the beautiful hymn by Isaac Watts*, ‘There is a land of pure delight’*, to which it is close at times. It had seven stanzas:
On Jordan’s stormy Banks I stand, And cast a wishful Eye;To Canaan’s fair and happy Land, Where my possessions lie.
O the transporting rapturous Scene, That rises to my Sight!Sweet fields array’d in living green, And Rivers of Delight!
There generous Fruits that never fail, On Trees immortal grow:There Rocks...
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