Scripture Verse

They were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16


Frank B. Smith (1882–1968)

Words: Frank B. Smith, in The Best Gos­pel Songs and Their Com­pos­ers (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1904), num­ber 145.

Music: Lew­is­ham Frank B. Smith, 1904 (🔊 pdf nwc).


There’s a home be­yond the ri­ver,
Where sad part­ings come no more,
And if true to Christ our Sav­ior
He will guide us to that shore.


Are you go­ing to that coun­try,
To that home so bright and fair?
Will you meet me, sure­ly meet me
Will you meet me ov­er there?

There our con­flicts will be ov­er,
When we reach that land so blest,
When o’er sin and death we’ve tri­umphed,
And have en­tered into rest.


There in that bright land of Ed­en,
Robed in gar­ments pure and white,
Stand the blood washed of all ag­es,
Who from earth have tak­en flight.


There the tree of life is bloom­ing,
By the wa­ters pure and sweet;
There we’ll join the an­gels’ sing­ing,
Bending low at Je­sus’ feet.