Scripture Verse

[They] cast their crowns before the throne. Revelation 4:10

Introduction

Words: Wesl­ey Stretch, in The Help­er in Sac­red Song, ed­it­ed by George C. Hugg & Frank L. Arm­strong (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Church & Sun­day School Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1889), num­ber 204.

Music: Pem­ber­ton Pierce (🔊 pdf nwc). This song is made es­pe­cial­ly poign­ant by the fact that Pierce died far from home, on a sales trip, short­ly be­fore its pub­li­ca­tion.

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

Lyrics

What if across my weary feet
The billows of the death-stream beat,
Afar I see the emerald shore,
Where life’s enthroned forevermore;
Afar I see the emerald shore,
Where life’s enthroned forevermore.
All’s right! All’s right!

What if earth’s songs to me are still—
Lo! sweeping from yon heav’nly hill,
I hear the harpers loud proclaim
Their anthems to Immanuel’s name!
I hear the harpers loud proclaim
Their anthems to Immanuel’s name!
All’s right! All’s right!

What if beneath the Jordan’s spray,
Mine eyes see not the foaming ray;
I feel the clasp of Jesus’ hand;
I soon shall tread the heav’nly land;
I feel the clasp of Jesus’ hand;
I soon shall tread the heav’nly land.
All’s right! All’s right!

And midst the splendors of that clime,
Where bliss abides with love sublime,
I’ll cast my crown at Jesus’ feet,
And this dear truth with joy repeat;
I’ll cast my crown at Jesus’ feet,
And this dear truth with joy repeat.
All’s right! All’s right!