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Gloryland

[words trad. arr. Waterson:Carthy, tune Eliza Carthy]

Eliza Carthy sang Gloryland on Waterson:Carthy's 2006 album Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man. Martin Carthy commented in the album's sleeve notes:

In the field of sacred music where indeed it is often at its most intense, nowhere is this passion seen to soar higher, or felt to flow more deeply than in the Baptist hymns of Sankey where Liza found the beautiful Gloryland which closes this CD.

Lyrics

There is a land beyond the stars,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!
Beyond the sunset's crimson bars,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!
Land of peace without alloy,
Joy beyond all earthly joy,
Naught its calm can e'er destroy,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!

The city of our God is there,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!
Jasper walls with beauty fair,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!
Gates of pearl bright silver gleam,
Skies with fadeless sunlight beam,
Through it flows life's crystal stream,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!

We lift our eyes by faith and see,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!
Christ himself the light shall be,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!
Songs of praise glad heart shall sing,
The radiant air with music ring,
Each voice proclaim our Saviour King,
Oh Gloryland, bright Gloryland!

(Repeat first verse)