I go to prepare a place for you.@John 14:2
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Eliza E. Hewitt
(1851–1920)

Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Chris­tian Hymns, by W. P. Hall & J. Wil­bur Chap­man (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1899).

Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­pos­er as A. F. Bourne, Kirk­pat­rick’s pseu­do­nym.

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William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

When the pearly gates are opened
To a sinner saved by grace,
When thro’ everlasting mercy,
I behold my Savior’s face,
When I enter in the mansions
Of the city bright and fair,
I shall have a royal welcome,
For I’ll be no stranger there.

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I shall be no stranger there;
Jesus will my place prepare;
He will meet me, He will greet me;
I shall be no stranger there.

Thro’ time’s ever changing seasons,
I am pressing t’ward the goal;
’Tis my heart’s sweet native country,
’Tis the homeland of my soul;
Many loved ones, clothed with beauty,
In those wondrous glories share;
When I rise, redeemed, forgiven,
I shall be no stranger there.

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There my dear Redeemer liveth,
Blessèd Lamb upon the throne;
By the crimson marks upon them,
He will surely claim His own.
So, whenever sad or lonely,
Look beyond the earthly care;
Weary child of God, remember,
You will be no stranger there.

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