Sweet Beulah Land

Words by Squire Parsons Jr.,
Music by Glenn West, L.R.Q.,
Lumber River Quartet ©M.S. Productions,

I’m kind of homesick for a country
to which I’ve never been before
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
and time won’t matter anymore

Beulah Land I’m longing for you,
and someday on thee I’ll stand
There my home shall be eternal.
In Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah land

I’m looking now across that river,
to where my faiths ‘gonna end in sight
There’s just a few more days to labor,
then I will take my heavenly flight

Beulah Land I’m longing for you,
and someday on thee I’ll stand
There my home shall be eternal
In Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah land

In Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah land

This word literally means “My Delight Is in Her.” The land also will be Beulah. The word “Beulah” means “Married.”. Thou shalt no more be termed; Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. Isaiah 62:4 [KJV]. The metaphor of marriage is used in the Old Testament to describe the relationship between God and his people. The concept of Yahweh as Israel’s husband appears in Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. This idea is clearly expressed in Isaiah 62:5: As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

I first heard of this hymn on the Gaither Homecoming video and it has been my favourite since. This Southern gospel song  was written and composed by Squire Enos Parsons, Jr in 1973. Parsons recorded it in 1979. It became the number one Southern Gospel single and received the  Singing News Fan Awards for song of the year  (as popularized by Squire Parsons and The Kingsmen) in 1981. It has been recorded by several other artists, including Carroll Roberson, The Chuck Wagon Gang, and the Gaither Homecoming Choir.

Squire Enos Parsons, Jr  was born  on April 4, 1948.  He was born in Newton, West Virginia, to Squire and Maysel Parsons, and was introduced to music by his father, who was a choir director and deacon at Newton Baptist Church. Squire’s father taught him to sing using shaped notes.

Squire attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music in 1970. He has served as interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher, high school band director and in 1975 he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet. In 1979 Squire went into solo ministry.

Since 1978, Squire Parsons has been nominated by the SINGING NEWS’ fans for “Favorite Baritone”, “Favorite Gospel Songwriter” and “Favorite Gospel Singer”. He was named “Favorite Baritone” in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 – “Favorite Gospel Songwriter”. In 1988 he was named “Favorite Southern Gospel Male Singer.”

He has also been nominated for the DOVE AWARD for male vocalist and songwriter. In 1990, he was presented the coveted MARVIN NORCROSS AWARD, given for devotion to family, service to church, involvement in community affairs, and contributions to the gospel music industry.

In addition to being one of America’s best loved soloists, Squire is a prolific songwriter. In 1981, his song, “Sweet Beulah Land” was voted “Favorite Song Of The Year” by the SINGING NEWS.

Some of the other gospel classics written by Parsons include: “Master Of The Sea”, “Oh What A Moment”, “The Broken Rose”, “He Came To Me”, “I Call It Home”, “I Sing Because”, “Hello Mama”, “I’m Not Giving Up”, and “I Go To The Rock”. Many gospel recording artists and groups have recorded at least one of his songs.

In 1999 Squire was honored by his alma mater, West Virginia Institute of Technology with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities.

On October 9, 2008, Squire was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s, “Hall Of Fame”, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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