Scripture Verse

A better land—a heavenly one. Hebrews 11:16


John H. Tenney (1840–1918)

Words: W. A. Spate, in Songs of Joy, ed­it­ed by John Ten­ney (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Lee & She­pard, 1875), num­ber 91.

Music: Do­ne­gal, ar­ranged by John H. Ten­ney, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Spate’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Careworn traveler on life’s ocean,
Bound for yonder golden strand,
Look beyond the waves’ commotion,
Thou art nearing that blest land.


Nearing, nearing, nearing, nearing,
Thou art nearing that blest land.

Though the sky be dark and gloomy,
And the wild storms loudly roar,
Look with hopeful heart beyond them,
Thou art nearing yon blest shore.


Trust in God, and be not fearful—
He will lend a helping hand;
Let thy heart be light and cheerful,
Thou art near the better land.