Scripture Verse

No need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:23


Aldine S. Kieffer (1840–1904)

Words: Al­dine S. Kief­fer, New Me­lo­dies of Praise (Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia: Rue­bush-Kief­fer, 1877), num­ber 26.

Music: Pal­es­tine (Funk) in Har­mon­ia Sac­ra, by Jo­seph Funk, fourth edi­tion (Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia: 1847) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


There’s a ci­ty of light
’Mid the stars, we are told,
Where they know not a sor­row or care;
And the gates are of pearl,
And the streets are of gold,
And the build­ing ex­ceed­ing­ly fair.


Let us pray for each oth­er,
Nor faint by the way
In this sad world of sor­row and care,
For that home is so bright,
And is al­most in sight,
And I trust in my heart you’ll go there.

Brother dear, ne­ver fear—
We shall tri­umph at last
If we trust in the word He has giv’n;
When our tri­als and toils,
And our weep­ings are past,
We shall meet in that home up in Heav’n.


Sister dear, ne­ver fear—
For the Sav­ior is near,
With His hand He will lead you along;
And the way that is dark
Christ will gra­cious­ly clear,
And your mourn­ing shall turn to a song.


Let us walk in the light
Of the Gos­pel di­vine,
Let us ev­er keep near to the cross;
Let us love, watch and pray,
In our pil­grim­age here,
Let us count all things else but as loss.