Scripture Verse

This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent. John 17:3


Franklin L. Sheppard (1852–1930)

Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Po­et’s Port­fo­lio 1835.

Music: Ter­ra Be­ata tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish tune. Ar­ranged by Frank­lin L. Shep­pard in his Al­le­lu­ia, 1915 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

James Montgomery (1771–1854)


Forever with the Lord!
Amen, so let it be!
Life from His death is in that word
’Tis im­mor­ta­li­ty.
Here in the bo­dy pent,
Absent from Him I roam,
Yet night­ly pitch my mov­ing tent
A day’s march near­er home

My Fa­ther’s house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith’s fore­see­ing eye
Thy gold­en gates ap­pear!
Ah! then my spi­rit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright in­he­ri­tance of saints,
Jerusalem above.

Yet clouds will in­ter­vene,
And all my pros­pect flies;
Like No­ah’s dove, I flit be­tween
Rough seas and stor­my skies.
Anon the clouds de­part,
The winds and wa­ters cease,
While sweet­ly o’er my glad­dened heart
Expands the bow of peace.

I hear at morn and ev­en,
At noon and mid­night hour,
The cho­ral har­mo­nies of Hea­ven
Earth’s Ba­bel tongues o’er­pow­er;
Then, then I feel that He,
Remembered or for­got,
The Lord, is ne­ver far from me,
Though I pe­rceive Him not.

Forever with the Lord!
Forever in His will,
The pro­mise of that faith­ful word,
Lord, here in me ful­fill.
With You at my right hand,
Then I shall ne­ver fail;
Uphold me, Lord, and I shall stand,
Through grace I will pre­vail.

So when my lat­est breath
Breaks through the veil of pain,
By death I shall es­cape from death,
And life eter­nal gain.
That re­sur­rec­tion word,
That shout of vic­to­ry:
Once more, For­ev­er with the Lord!
Amen, so let it be!