Scripture Verse

In My Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2


Words & Mu­sic: John J. Ma­thews, in Bright Beau­ti­ful Bells, ed­it­ed by Ben­ja­min B. Beall (Birm­ing­ham, Ala­ba­ma & Bu­chan­an, Geor­gia: B. B. Beall, 1900), num­ber 34 (🔊 pdf nwc). To my friend and class­mate, Prof. B. B. Beall.

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


There’s a beau­ti­ful home
Far beyond the star­ry sky,
Christ has gone to pr­epare over there.
I shall dwell in that home
In the sweet by and by;
How I long, how I long to be there!


Then I’ll sing, sweet­ly sing,
In the man­sions where the blest ne­ver die;
Then I’ll sing, sweet­ly sing,
In that home in the sweet by and by.

There I’ll sing with the an­gels
Of Mo­ses and the Lamb;
While the ag­es eter­nal­ly fly;
For the Lord will be there
With the saved from ev­ery land,
In that home in the sweet by and by.


I will dwell in that home
With the loved ones gone be­fore,
And with them all its bless­ed­ness share;
And for­ev­er the Sav­ior
Of sin­ners adore,
And be ha­ppy and blest ov­er there.