Eden of Love (Joseph Funk)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-16)  CPDL #73787:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-05-16).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, 1835; Alto part added from Harmonia Sacra, 1869, as arranged by B. C. Johnston, 2023. All three stanzas included. Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1835.

General Information

Title: Eden of Love
First Line: How sweet to reflect on these joys that await me
Composer: Joseph Funk
Lyricist: E. C. Tilloucreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TrATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 12 11. 12 11. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, Edition 2, p. 85
    2nd published: 1854 in Southern Harmony, Edition 7, p. 309
    3rd published: 1869 in Harmonia Sacra, Edition 13, p. 220
Description: Tune apparently first appearing in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, Second Edition, 1832; not attributed (but very few songs in that book are), credited to Joseph Funk; reprinted in many editions of Funk's Harmonia Sacra down to the present day; an Alto part was added in the 1869 edition. More recently, appears in Shenandoah Harmony, 2013, p. 116, with a different Alto part.

Text first published in The Christian Lyre in 1831, titled "The Eden of Love" with three stanzas, attributed to "E. C. Tillou", to a different tune (in D major). "E. C. Tillou" is otherwise unknown.

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Original text and translations

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1. How sweet to reflect on these joys that await me,
In yon blissful region, the haven of rest,
Where glorified spirits with welcome shall greet me,
And lead me to mansions prepared for the blest;
Encircled in light, and with glory enshrouded,
My happiness perfect, my mind's sky unclouded,
I’ll bathe in the ocean of pleasure unbounded,
And range with delight through the Eden of Love.


2. While angelic legions, with harps tuned celestial,
Harmoniously join in the concert of praise,
The saints, as they flock from the regions terrestrial,
In loud hallelujahs their voices will raise:
Then songs to the Lamb shall re-echo through heaven,
My soul will respond, To Immanuel be given
All glory, all honor, all might and dominion,
Who brought us through grace to the Eden of Love.


3. Then hail, blessed state! Hail, ye songsters of glory!
Ye harpers of bliss, soon I'll meet you above!
And join your full choir in rehearsing the story,
Salvation from sorrow, through Jesus's love:
Though prisoned in earth, yet by anticipation,
Already my soul feels a sweet prelibation,
Of joys that await me, when freed from probation:
My heart's now in Heaven, the Eden of Love.