Long Upon The Mountain Hymn Story
Long Upon The Mountain is a hymn penned by Annie R Smith, an Adventist musician who composed a number of hymns in her lifetime, ten of which are in the current SDA Church hymnal. This one is hymn no. 447 in the hymnal.
This hymn first appeared in the Review And Herald magazine of December 9, 1851.
Annie R Smith was a sister to Uriah Smith, one of the pioneers of the early Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It is based on Ezekiel 34:12“As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep and deliver them fro all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:12.
She wrote this hymn to encourage the church to look beyond the challenges they were facing to the soon return of our Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ.
|Annie R Smith|
Long Upon The Mountain Weary Lyrics
1. Long upon the mountains weary, Have the scattered flock been torn;
Dark the desert paths, and dreary; Grievous trials have they borne.
Now the gathering call is sounding, Solemn in its warning voice;
Union, faith, and love, abounding, Bid the little flock rejoice.
2. Now the light of truth they’re seeking, In its onward track pursue;
All the ten commandments keeping, They are holy, just, and true.
On the words of life they’re feeding, Precious to their taste so sweet;
All their Master’s precepts heeding, Bowing humbly at His feet.
3. In that light of light and beauty, In that golden city fair,
Soon Its pearly gates they’ll enter, And of all the glories share,
There, divine the soul’s expansions; Free from sin, and death, and pain;
Tears will never dim those mansions where the saints immortal reign.
4. Soon He comes! With clouds descending; All saints, entombed arise;
The redeemed, in anthems blending, Shout their vict’ry thro’ the skies.
O, we long for Thine appearing; O Savior, quickly come!
Blessed hope! Our Spirits cheering, Take Thy ransomed children home.
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