Scripture Verse

A city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10


Words: Ma­ria B. W. Barnes (1836–1873). Pub­lished in Gos­pel Songs, ed­it­ed by Phi­lip P. Bliss (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1874), num­ber 20. Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as Kate Ca­mer­on, Barnes’ pseu­do­nym.

Music: E. A. Han­chett (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Hanchett’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Barnes, would you ?


You tell me of a city
Which is so bright and fair;
Oh, why do not the friends I love
Talk more of going there?
I hear them speak of pleasures
Which earthly things have giv’n;
Why do they never mention
The better joys of Heav’n?


A city which hath foundations,
Whose builder and maker is God
Which shineth afar
Like a beautiful star,
By saints and angels trod!

I think about that city
Of which I have been told,
Whose gates are made of shining pearl,
Whose streets are paved with gold.
The firm and strong foundation
Is built of jewels rare;
I’m sure that nothing earthly
Can with those walls compare.


Oh, dear and blessèd city,
Could I but enter in,
I should be free from every pain,
From care, and doubt, and sin.
Oh, let me bear each trial
As patient as I may,
For soon will all things mortal
Forever pass away.