Scripture Verse

Strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:13


Words: Is­aac N. Car­man, in The Po­ly­pho­nic; or Ju­ve­nile Cho­ral­ist, ed­it­ed by Au­gus­tus D. Fill­more & Com­fort L. Fill­more (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: R. W. Car­roll, 1863).

Music: Will­iam O. Per­kins (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Car­man or Per­kins (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Here we are but stray­ing pil­grims;
Here our path is oft­en dim;
But to cheer us on our jour­ney,
Still we sing this way­side hymn:


Yonder over the roll­ing ri­ver,
Where the shin­ing man­sions rise,
Soon will be our home for ev­er,
And the smile of the bless­èd Giv­er
Gladdens all our long­ing eyes.

Here our feet are oft­en weary
On the hills that throng our way;
Here the tem­pest dark­ly ga­thers,
But our hearts with­in us say:


Here our souls are oft­en fear­ful
Of the pil­grim’s lurk­ing foe;
But the Lord is our de­fend­er,
And He tells us we may know: