I go to prepare a place for you.@John 14:2
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David Sullins (1827-1918)

David Sullins, in Christian Hymns No. 1, by W. P. Hall & J. W. Chapman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall Mack, 1899) (🔊 pdf nwc).

They tell of a city far up in the sky,
I want to go there, I do;
’Tis built in the land of the sweet by and by,
I want to go there, don’t you?
There Jesus has gone to prepare us a home,
I want to go there, I do;
Where sickness nor sorrow nor death ever come,
I want to go there, don’t you?
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, I do;
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, don’t you?

Its gates are all pearl, its streets are all gold,
I want to go there, I do;
The Lamb is the light of the city we’re told,
I want to go there don’t you?
Death robs us all here, there none ever die,
I want to go there, I do;
Where loved ones will never again say goodbye,
I want to go there, don’t you?
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, I do;
I want to go there, I want to go there,
I want to go there, don’t you?

When the old ship of Zion shall make her last trip,
I want to be there, I do;
With heads all uncovered to greet the old ship,
I want to be there, don’t you?
When all the ship’s company meet on the strand,
I want to be there, I do;
With songs on our lips and with harps in our hands,
I want to be there, don’t you?
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, I do;
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, don’t you?

When Jesus is crowned the King of all kings,
I want to be there, I do;
With shouting and clapping till all Heaven rings,
I want to be there, don’t you?
Hallelujah! we’ll shout again and again,
I want to be there, don’t you?
And close with the chorus, Amen and amen,
I want to be there, don’t you?
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, I do;
I want to be there, I want to be there,
I expect to be there, don’t you?