Before me was a door standing open in Heaven. And the voice I had…heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, Come up here.@Revelation 4:1)
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Franklin L. Sheppard (1852-1930)

Richard W. Adams, April 17, 2010.

This hymn was literally born in a dream. I was recovering from a bad cold and laryngitis, and after finishing a telephone conversation with my daughter Sarah in Washington, DC, I lay down for a Saturday afternoon nap. As I was drifting off, the words For nothing base or false can live within these walls came to me. I thought that was unusual, as I had not been contemplating writing lyrics. Taking it as a sign that God might have something for me, I got up, went to my desk, and felt my sleepiness melt away as I wrote down the rest of the words.

Terra Beata traditional English melody, arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard in his Alleluia, 1915 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Richard W. Adams (1952-)

In my deepest dream I hear
A distant trumpet call,
Get up and see, come unto Me:
I sight a golden wall—
Behold, Jerusalem!
With angels round the throne,
And emerald rainbow all aglow,
Above a crystal sea.

I see the ransomed saints,
A multitude untold,
So glorious bright, with crowns of light,
The victor’s palm they hold;
I hear eternal choirs,
Singing praise unto the Lamb,
Salvation power burst into flower,
And overcomes the night.

Proceeding from the throne,
Flows a crystal river pure,
It life bestows where’er it goes,
And every ill will cure;
Along the water’s edge,
Are trees of fadeless bloom,
No more we grieve, for their healing leaves,
God’s love and blessing show.

I walk the golden streets,
Where no tempter can ensnare,
No darkness here, no more guilt or fear,
No shadow anywhere;
For nothing base or false
Can live within these walls:
No secret sin can hide within,
No evil interfere.

Too soon the morning comes,
And the veil obscures my sight,
But now I see what my goal must be,
That heavenly city bright—
The walls whose cornerstone
Is Jesus Christ our Lord,
By faith in Him, the prize we win:
God’s love eternally.