Scripture Verse

There remaineth…a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9


Words: Leigh M. Hodg­es, 1907. Ap­peared in Al­ex­an­der’s Gos­pel Songs, ed­it­ed by Charles M. Al­ex­an­der (New York: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1908), num­ber 101.

Music: Ro­bert Hark­ness (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hodg­es (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Robert Harkness


I have a home beyond the silent river,
Where loved ones wait to welcome me some day;
I have a guide to lead me safely over,
When I have reached the ending of earth’s way.


I have a home, a home beyond the river,
I have a resting place all love and peace;
I have a home, a home beyond the river,
Blest home beyond, where toil and tears shall cease.

I have a friend who e’er awaits my coming,
He stands with arms outstretched to fold me in;
And spite my woes and weariness of coming,
He’ll greet me with the love that bore my sin.


With home and friend beyond the silent river,
How fair will be the day that knows no night!
How sweet will be the songs I sing for ever,
Eternally in God’s all gracious sight.