A better country—a heavenly one. Hebrews 11:16
Words: Jennie Wilson, in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers (Dalton, Georgia: Anthony J. Showalter, 1904), number 128.
Music: Benjamin N. Hultsman, Jr. (🔊 pdf nwc).
Faith discerns a country brighter than day,
It is free from earthly sorrow and care;
With my journey ended and my battle won,
I shall rest in mansions built over there.
Over there! Over there! When my work here is done,
I shall go to that land so beautiful and fair;
Over there! Over there! O I long for the joy
And the peace of the home over there.
Just beyond the river flowing so still
Through the shadows veiling time’s solemn shore,
Lies the land eternal where redeemed ones dwell,
And where blight of evil comes nevermore.
In the light that shineth there from the face
Of the blessèd Savior I shall abide;
Through the endless ages saved by His shed blood,
I shall in His presence be satisfied.