A city that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.@Hebrews 11:10
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Stephen C. Foster (1826–1864)

John W. Holt, in Hymns of Calvary, edited by William T. Dale (Macon, Georgia: J. W. Burke, 1903).

From Swanee River, by Stephen C. Foster, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

There is a home of wondrous beauty,
Lovely and bright;
Built by our blessèd, loving Savior,
Hid from our mortal sight.

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Oh, my heart is fondly yearning,
Yonder courts to roam
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Gladly each moment draws me nearer
To my eternal home.

This home is one of bliss immortal;
Happy we’ll be,
When walking thro’ the streets of glory,
From every care set free.

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There in that land of song and beauty,
All Heaven rings
With praises to our blest Redeemer,
Savior, and King of kings.

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Jesus is daily calling loved ones
Home one by one;
We, too, shall cross the mystic river,
When all our work is done.

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