If our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book 1, 1707, number 110.
Death and immediate glory.
Music: Condescension, in A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, by Joseph Funk, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Funk (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
There is a house not made with hands,
Eternal and on high;
And here my spirit waiting stands,
Till God shall bid it fly.
Shortly this prison of my clay
Must be dissolved and fall;
Then, O my soul! with joy obey
Thy heav’nly Father’s call.
’Tis He, by His almighty grace,
That forms Thee fit for Heav’n;
And, as an earnest of the place,
Has His own Spirit giv’n.
We walk by faith of joys to come,
Faith lives upon His Word;
But while the body is our home,
We’re absent from the Lord.
’Tis pleasant to believe Thy grace,
But we had rather see;
We would be absent from the flesh
And present, Lord, with Thee.