Scripture Verse

I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered. Isaiah 65:17


Words: Ma­ria B. W. Barnes, in Brad­bu­ry’s Gol­den Show­er of S. S. Me­lo­dies, by Will­iam Brad­bu­ry (New York: Iv­i­son, Phin­ney & Blake­man, 1862), num­ber 20. The orig­in­al showed boys sing­ing the first two lines of each verse, and girls the se­cond two. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Kate Ca­me­ron, Barnes’ pseu­do­nym.

Music: Or­o­ville Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Barnes (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William B. Bradbury


Traveler, whither art thou going,
Heedless of the clouds that form?
Naught to me the wind’s rough blowing,
Mine’s a land without a storm.


And I’m going, yes, I’m going,
To that land that has no storms;
And I’m going, yes, I’m going,
To that land that has no storms,

Traveler, art thou here a stranger,
Not to fear the tempest’s power?
I have not a thought of danger,
Tho’ the sky may darkly lower.


Traveler, now a moment linger,
Soon the darkness will be o’er.
No! I see a beckoning finger,
Guiding to a far-off shore.


Traveler, yonder narrow portal
Opens to receive thy form.
Yes, but I shall be immortal
In that land without a storm.