Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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David Sullins
1827–1918

Words & Mu­sic: Da­vid Sul­lins, in Chris­tian Hymns No. 1, by W. P. Hall & J. W. Chap­man (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1899) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

They tell of a city far up in the sky,
I want to go there, I do;
’Tis built in the land
Of the sweet by and by,
I want to go there, don’t you?
There Jesus has gone
To prepare us a home,
I want to go there, I do;
Where sickness nor sorrow
Nor death ever come,
I want to go there, don’t you?
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, I do;
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, don’t you?

Its gates are all pearl,
Its streets are all gold,
I want to go there, I do;
The Lamb is the light
Of the city we’re told,
I want to go there don’t you?
Death robs us all here,
There none ever die,
I want to go there, I do;
Where loved ones will never
Again say goodbye,
I want to go there, don’t you?
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, I do;
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, don’t you?

When the old ship of Zion
Shall make her last trip,
I want to be there, I do;
With heads all uncovered
To greet the old ship,
I want to be there, don’t you?
When all the ship’s company
Meet on the strand,
I want to be there, I do;
With songs on our lips
And with harps in our hands,

I want to be there, don’t you?
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, I do;
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, don’t you?

When Jesus is crowned
The King of all kings,
I want to be there, I do;
With shouting and clapping
Till all Heaven rings,
I want to be there, don’t you?
Hallelujah! we’ll shout again and again,
I want to be there, don’t you?
And close with the chorus,
Amen and amen,
I want to be there, don’t you?
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, I do;
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, don’t you?