Scripture Verse

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9


Words: George P. Beard, in Songs of the Cen­tu­ry, ed­it­ed by George D. El­der­kin, John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: George D. El­der­kin, 1900).

Music: Guay­abe­ra B. Frank­lin Butts (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Beard or Butts (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Origin of the Hymn

This hymn was in­spired by the dy­ing words of ev­an­gel­ist Dwight L. Moody, re­cord­ed by his son:

About six o clock he qui­et­ed down, and soon fell into a na­tu­ral sleep, from which he awoke in about an hour. Sud­den­ly he was heard speak­ing in slow and mea­sured words. He was say­ing: Earth re­cedes; Hea­ven op­ens be­fore me. The first im­pulse was to try to arouse him from what ap­peared to be a dream. No, this is no dream, Will, he re­plied. It is beau­ti­ful. It is like a trance. If this is death, it is sweet. There is no val­ley here. God is call­ing me, and I must go.

William Re­vell Moody, The Life of Dwight L. Moo­dy (Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1900), p. 552


Beautiful ci­ty, the home of the blest,
Beautiful man­sions where wea­ry shall rest,
Beautiful ri­ver of life, ne­ver old,
Beautiful streets of the pur­est of gold.


Oh, it is beau­ti­ful! Eye hath not seen,
Neither hath ear heard the hea­ven­ly theme;
Oh, it is beau­ti­ful! All I have seen,
Thrilling my soul with the hea­ven­ly theme.

Beautiful an­gels around the white throne,
Beautiful child­ren for­ev­er our own,
Beautiful saint­ed, en­robed in pure white,
Beautiful Sav­ior, re­ful­gent with light.


Beautiful ser­vice of wor­ship in song,
Beautiful fa­mi­ly—per­fect­ly one,
Beautiful har­mo­ny—liv­ing in love,
Beautiful scenes that await us above.


Beautiful greet­ing when friend meet­eth friend,
Beautiful meet­ing that ne­ver shall end,
Beautiful day, with no sha­dow of night,
Beautiful vi­sion, eter­nal­ly bright.