Nursery Rhymes

Higher Ground

Higher Ground Lyrics and Music

The motivational words and lyrics of the revered hymn begin with "I'm pressing on the upward way, New heights I'm gaining every day" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Higher Ground" hymn were written by its American author Johnson Oatman, Jr.. The author of the hymn, Johnson Oatman, Jr., was born on April 21, 1856 and died on September 25, 1922. The haunting music that accompanies the "Higher Ground" song of praise was composed by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel The composer of the music to the "Higher Ground" hymn, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, was born on August 18, 1856 and died on September 15, 1932. We have placed "Higher Ground" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the lovely lyrics of this popular Christian song and sacred church hymn.

Higher Ground Hymn
Title: Higher Ground *** Name of Composer: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Johnson Oatman, Jr. *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing words of the "Higher Ground" lyrics, Johnson Oatman, Jr. (April 21, 1856-September 25, 1922), was born in Medford, New Jersey, United States and achieved fame as a Methodist Episcopal minister and hymn writer. Johnson Oatman, Jr. was the lyricist of 5,000 Gospel songs.

Higher Ground Lyrics

I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I'm onward bound,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Refrain

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

Refrain

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan's darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

Refrain

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till Heav'n I've found,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Refrain

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Higher Ground", Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (August 18, 1856-September 15, 1932), was born in Wilton, Iowa, United States and became famous as a Church organist, teacher, composer and hymn writer.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Higher Ground
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Johnson Oatman, Jr. (April 21, 1856 to September 25, 1922)
Nationality of Author: American

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (August 18, 1856 to September 15, 1932)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "I'm pressing on the upward way, New heights I'm gaining every day"
First Publication Date: 1898

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