Comfort in Heaven
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "There's comfort in heaven and I feel it in my soul, O glory hallelujah, Glory in heaven and glory in my soul, O glory...." Verse: "Jerusalem is my happy home, Name ever dear to me, where shall my labors have an end? Thy joys when shall I see?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Barton, p. 12, "Comfort in Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [244 words]: Barton's "Comfort in Heaven" illustrates the common practice of taking one verse, often the first, of a published hymn, and adding a chorus. Usually I would classify the resulting hymn as a variant of the published hymn. The Barton text is not that cut and dried, so I have left it to stand alone.
The Methodist Hymn Book (London: The Methodist Publishing House, 1933) has two related hymns. Hymn #655 p. 250, which it dates to the 16th or 17th century, begins "Jerusalem, my happy home, When shall I come to thee? When shall my sorrows have an end? Thy joys when shall I see?" [This is indexed as "Jerusalem, My Happy Home (Long Sought Home)" - RBW.]
Hymn #650 pp. 247-248, attributed to Joseph Bromehead (1748-1826), begins "Jerusalem, my happy home, Name ever dear to me! When shall my labours have an end, In joy, and peace, and thee?" So Barton's text mixes lines from the first verse of both hymns.
Jackson's text is very close to hymn #655, omitting some verses and adding a chorus of "Home, sweet home, my long sought home, My home in heaven above" (George Pullen Jackson, Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America (New York: J.J. Augustin, 1937 (republished by New York: Dover Publications, 1964)), #221 p. 220, "Long-Sought Home").
On the other hand, Sankey and Moody, a popular source for hymns, has hymn #650, with one verse omitted and no chorus added (Ira D. Sankey, Sacred Songs and Solos Twelve Hundred Hymns (London: Collins, n.d.), #1010). - BS
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