Scripture Verse

I saw the holy city…coming down out of Heaven from God. Revelation 21:2

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Max H. Rapp, in Al­ex­an­der’s Gos­pel Songs and So­los, ed­it­ed by Charles M. Al­ex­an­der (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Ster­ling Mu­sic, 1917) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Max H. Rapp
1895–1960

Lyrics

There’s a book that is written,
Designed by His hand,
Presented by God from above;
And I know that it tells
Of a beautiful land,
Prepared by His infinite love.

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O it tells of a city so bright, so fair,
Where saints of all ages have trod;
And I’ve read there is nothing
But happiness there,
In the beautiful city of God.

There is never a sorrow,
An ache, nor a pain,
Though oft it appears like a dream;
And the sun never sets
Over hill and o’er plain,
And Jesus the King is supreme.

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All the riches of earth
Will not buy my way in,
For guilt ever lurks in my soul;
I’ll accept the great ransom
Once offered for sin,
And start for the heavenly goal.

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Every cloud wears a rainbow
Of heavenly hue,
His smile I’m beginning to know;
He walks with me, Talks with me
All the day thro’,
And O how I do love Him so.

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