Poetry: In Immanuel's Land

Samuel Rutherford

Some of the last words of Samuel Rutherford

The sands of time are sinking,
The dawn of heaven breaks,
The summer morn I’ve sighed for
The fair, sweet morn awakes.
Dark, dark hath been the midnight,
But dayspring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.

Oh, well it is forever,
Oh, well for evermore!
My nest hung in no forest
Of all this death-doomed shore.
Yea, let the vain world vanish,
As from the ship the strand,
While glory, glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.

The King there in His beauty
Without a veil is seen:
It were a well spent journey,
Though seven deaths lay between.
The Lamb, with His fair army,
Doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.

But that He built a heaven
Of His surpassing love,
A little New Jerusalem,
Like to the one above,
"Lord, take me o’er the water"
Had been my loud demand:
"Take me to Love’s own country,
Unto Immanuel’s land."

I’ve wrestled on toward heaven
‘Gainst storm and wind and tide;
Now, like a weary traveler
That leaneth on his guide.
Amid the shades of evening,
While sinks life’s lingering sand,
I hail the glory dawning
From Immanuel’s land.

Oh, I am my Beloved’s,
And my Beloved is mine!
He brings a poor vile sinner
Into His "house of wine."
I stand upon His merit,
I know no safer stand,
Not e’en where glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.

The bride eyes not her garment,
But her dear bridegroom’s face:
I will not gaze at glory,
But on the King of Grace;
Not at the crown He giveth,
But on His pierced hand.
The Lamb is all the glory
Of Immanuel’s land.

I have borne scorn and hatred,
I have borne wrong and shame.
Earth’s proud ones have reproached me
For Christ’s thrice blessed Name,
Where God’s seal sets the fairest
They’ve stamped their foulest brand,
But judgment shines like noonday
In Immanuel’s land.

They’ve summoned me before them,
But there I may not come,
My Lord says, "Come up hither."
My Lord says, "Welcome home!"
The King of kings before His throne
My presence doth command,
Where glory, glory dwelleth
In Immanuel’s land.