Scripture Verse

No need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:23

Introduction

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Aldine S. Kieffer
1840–1904

Words: Al­dine S. Kief­fer, New Me­lo­dies of Praise (Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia: Rue­bush-Kief­fer, 1877), num­ber 26.

Music: Pal­es­tine (Funk) in Har­mon­ia Sacra, by Jo­seph Funk, fourth ed­i­tion (Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia: 1847) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Funk (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

There’s a city of light
’Mid the stars, we are told,
Where they know not a sorrow or care;
And the gates are of pearl,
And the streets are of gold,
And the building exceedingly fair.

Refrain

Let us pray for each other,
Nor faint by the way
In this sad world of sorrow and care,
For that home is so bright,
And is almost in sight,
And I trust in my heart you’ll go there.

Brother dear, never fear—
We shall triumph at last
If we trust in the word He has giv’n;
When our trials and toils,
And our weepings are past,
We shall meet in that home up in Heav’n.

Refrain

Sister dear, never fear—
For the Savior is near,
With His hand He will lead you along;
And the way that is dark
Christ will graciously clear,
And your mourning shall turn to a song.

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Let us walk in the light
Of the Gospel divine,
Let us ever keep near to the cross;
Let us love, watch and pray,
In our pilgrimage here,
Let us count all things else but as loss.

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