The glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23
Words: William O. Cushing, 1875. Some hymnals incorrectly give the author as
Music: William F. Sherwin (🔊 pdf nwc).
One day in 1875 I was reaching up for a blessing,says the author of these words, “when suddenly there came down upon my heart a vision of the heavenly country. I seemed to look down upon a river that like a mighty tide rolled beneath me.
“Across, on the other side of this river, I saw an enchanted land; its hills and valleys were sleeping in a heavenly calm. It was more beautiful than words can tell, and my heart seemed to be there.
“As I gazed upon the scene, there came to my lips the words, ‘Beautiful valley of Eden.’ The vision remained until I had written down the hymn; then it gradually faded from my sight.
But I want to say that the beauty of the hymn is largely due to Mr. Sherwin, who, by his rich melody, has reached a deeper chord than any mere words could ever have reached.
Sankey, p. 121
Beautiful valley of Eden!
Sweet is thy noontide calm;
Over the heart of the weary,
Breathing thy waves of balm.
Beautiful valley of Eden,
Home of the pure and blest,
How often amid the wild billows
I dream of thy rest, sweet rest!
Over the heart of the mourner
Shineth thy golden day,
Waiting the songs of the angels
Down from the far away.
There is the home of my Savior;
There, with the blood washed throng,
Over the highlands of glory
Rolleth the great new song.