Scripture Verse

My soul longeth…for the courts of the Lord. Psalm 84:2


Words & Mu­sic: S. J. Smuc­ker, in the Church and Sun­day School Hym­nal (Scott­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing House, 1902), num­ber 59 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Smuc­ker’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I’ve read of a world of beauty
Where there is no gloomy night,
While love is the mainspring of duty,
And God is the fountain of light.


I long, I long, I long to be there;
I long, I long, I long to be there.

I’ve read of its flowing river,
That bursts from beneath the throne,
And beau­ti­ful trees that ever
Are found on its banks alone.


I long for that world of light,
To breathe in its balmy air,
To walk with the Lamb in white,
And sing with the angels there.