Scripture Verse

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10


Words: James Kor­ris, in Pre­cious Gems No. 1, by Phil­ip Wool­sey & James M. Black (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: W. A. Pond & Chi­ca­go Mus­ic, 1881), num­ber 7.

Music: Ayles­bu­ry John Che­tham, 1718 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Kor­ris or Che­tham (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Far from my native land,
In solitude I roam;
Nor do I find a resting place
That I can call my own.

Out on life’s troubled sea,
Dark waters round me roll;
Increasing fears that sometimes rise,
Bring sorrow to my soul.

Is there no other land?
No other scenes of joy?
No rock on which my feet shall stand
And find more sure employ?

Yes, there’s another land,
Where sorrows are unknown;
And on its shores I soon shall stand,
And Heav’n shall be my home.

Cease, cease, my troubled soul;
This storm will soon be past
And, when my weary toils are o’er,
I’ll wear a crown at last.