Scripture Verse

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth. Revelation 21:27

Introduction

Words: Amy Deck Wal­ton (verse 1) & Ma­ry A. S. Deck (vers­es 3–4), in the Church Hym­na­ry, 1898. Ev­ery year, on New Year’s Sun­day, Ma­ry Deck’s hus­band held a child­ren’s ser­vice in his church, St. Ste­phen’s, Hull. Each child was gi­ven a mot­to-card with a print­ed text and a hymn spe­cial­ly writ­ten for the oc­ca­sion. This was one of those hymns. Amy wrote her sto­ry Chris­tie’s Old Or­gan to il­lus­trate the hymn’s words.

Music: Ci­ty Bright James S. Ty­ler, in Songs of Love and Mer­cy, by the Child­ren’s Spe­cial Ser­vice Mis­sion, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Deck or Ty­ler (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

There is a city bright;
Closed are its gates to sin;
Naught that defileth,
Naught that defileth,
Can ever enter in.

Savior, I come to Thee;
O Lamb of God, I pray,
Cleanse me and save me,
Cleanse me and save me,
Wash all my sins away.

Lord, make me, from this hour,
Thy loving child to be,
Kept by Thy power,
Kept by Thy power,
From all that grieveth Thee.

Till in the snow white dress
Of Thy redeemed I stand,
Faultless and stainless,
Faultless and stainless,
Safe in that happy land.