Scripture Verse

I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2


Eliza E. Hewitt (1851–1920)

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Chris­tian Hymns, by W. P. Hall & J. Wil­bur Chap­man (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1899).

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­pos­er as A. F. Bourne, Kirk­pat­rick’s pseu­do­nym.

William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)


When the pear­ly gates are op­ened
To a sin­ner saved by grace,
When thro’ ev­er­last­ing mer­cy,
I be­hold my Sav­ior’s face,
When I en­ter in the man­sions
Of the ci­ty bright and fair,
I shall have a roy­al wel­come,
For I’ll be no stran­ger there.


I shall be no stran­ger there;
Jesus will my place pre­pare;
He will meet me, He will greet me;
I shall be no stran­ger there.

Thro’ time’s ev­er chang­ing sea­sons,
I am press­ing t’ward the goal;
’Tis my heart’s sweet na­tive coun­try,
’Tis the home­land of my soul;
Many loved ones, clothed with beau­ty,
In those won­drous glo­ries share;
When I rise, re­deemed, for­giv­en,
I shall be no stran­ger there.


There my dear Re­deem­er liveth,
Blessèd Lamb up­on the throne;
By the crim­son marks up­on them,
He will sure­ly claim His own.
So, when­ev­er sad or lone­ly,
Look be­yond the earth­ly care;
Weary child of God, re­mem­ber,
You will be no stran­ger there.