Sing the wondrous love of Jesus

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus. Eliza E. Hewitt* (1851-1920). First published in Pentecostal Praises (1898). It is frequently known by the first line of the refrain, ‘When we all get to heaven’ (See Companion to UMH, 1993, p. 699). If this line sounds over-confident, it should be remembered that the hymn came out of the post-Civil War camp meeting tradition which the author and tune-writer experienced at Ocean Grove, New Jersey (see ‘More about Jesus would I know’*). Carlton R. Young* has described this as follows: At Ocean Grove the author and composer viscerally, visually, and audibly experienced the thrilling, though carefully staged, anticipation of Paul’s promise to members of the...

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