Scripture Verse

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. Isaiah 25:8

Introduction

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John H. Tenney
1840–1918

Words: An­zen­tia I. Chap­man, 1889.

Music: John H. Ten­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

In 1887, An­zen­tia, her hus­band and child­ren tra­veled from their home in Mi­chi­gan on an ev’an­gel­ism tour of Kan­sas. En route, the child­ren were play­ing with coins, and se­ven-year-old Eva swal­lowed some. Swal­lowed coins oft­en pass harm­less­ly, but these did not.

Five days lat­er, Eva an­nounced she was go­ing to Hea­ven. She gave away her child­hood trea­sures to her fa­mi­ly, then got in her bro­ther’s lap and sang In­to My Heart, Come in­to My Heart Lord Je­sus. Af­ter that she passed away to Hea­ven.

Her heart­bro­ken par­ents, not fin­ished with their tour, put Eva in­to a glass topped cof­fin and stored it in a cave. When the tour was over, they bur­ied her in Ed­na, Kan­sas. After the fa­mi­ly re­turned home, then moved to Is­a­bel­la County, Mi­chi­gan, An­zen­tia wrote this song in Eva’s me­mo­ry.

Lyrics

With friends on earth we meet in gladness,
While swift the moments fly,
Yet ever comes the thought of sadness,
That we must say, Goodbye.

Refrain

We’ll never say goodbye in Heav’n,
We’ll never say goodbye,
For in that land of joy and song,
We’ll never say goodbye.

How joyful is the hope that lingers,
When loved ones cross death’s sea,
That we, when all earth’s toils are ended,
With Thee shall ever be.

Refrain

No parting words shall e’er be spoken,
In yonder home so fair,
But songs of joy, and peace, and gladness,
We’ll sing forever there.

Refrain