Scripture Verse

There remaineth a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9


Words: John O. Fos­ter, in The Roy­al Foun­tain No. 4, by John Swe­ney (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1884), page 100.

Music: Hills­dale John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


We are go­ing, we are go­ing,
Far be­yond the set­ting sun:
To a king­dom that is growing
From the na­tions it has won;
For the hon­or-co­vered sages
Who have passed the vale of tears,
Have been ga­ther­ing for ages
Where the throne of God ap­pears.


We are go­ing, we are go­ing
Where the wea­ry work is o’er,
Where the morn­ing light is glow­ing
On the bless­èd, sun­ny shore.

We are go­ing where the foun­tains
Of the heal­ing wa­ters flow,
Where the val­leys and the mount­ains
Bathed in sun­light ever glow;
Where the crys­tal streams are flow­ing
In their bright and sil­very sheen,
And the tree of life is grow­ing
On the banks of liv­ing green.


We are go­ing where the holy
Enter joys they can­not tell,
Where the meek and bless­èd low­ly
With the pure in spir­it dwell;
Where no hun­gry hearts are ach­ing
For the bread of life to share,
But for­ev­er are par­tak­ing
Of the full­ness ov­er there.