As Jacob with travel was weary one day (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-07)  CPDL #63981:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-04-07)  CPDL #63980:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-04-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: As Jacob with travel was weary one day
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Eccles
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 11 with refrain

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 435
Description: 18th century English carol melody and 18th century anonymous words

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

As Jacob with travel was weary one day,
at night on a stone for a pillow he lay;
he saw in a vision a ladder so high
that its foot was on earth and its top in the sky:
(Refrain:) Alleluia to Jesus who died on the tree,
and has raised up a ladder of mercy for me.

This ladder is long, it is strong and well-made,
has stood hundreds of years and is not yet decayed;
many millions have climbed it and reached Sion’s hill;
and thousands by faith are climbing it still:
(Refrain)

Come let us ascend! all may climb it who will;
for the angels of Jacob are guarding it still:
and remember, each step that by faith we pass o’er,
some prophet or martyr has trod it before:
(Refrain)

And when we arrive at the haven of rest
we shall hear the glad words, ‘Come up hither, ye blest,
here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss’.
O who would not climb such a ladder as this?
(Refrain)