The everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.@2 Peter 1:11
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James H. Fillmore, Sr. (1849-1936)

Andrew A. Veatch, in Gems and Jewels, by J. H. Fillmore & J. H. Rosecrans (Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Brothers, 1890), number 138.

James H. Fillmore (🔊 pdf nwc).

This world is fair, this life is sweet,
Where nature’s charms surround us;
And warmth and beauty blend and meet
Harmoniously around us;
But brighter visions of delight,
Come o’er us as we ponder,
That blessèd realm beyond our sight,
The kingdom over yonder.
Over yonder, over yonder,
In the kingdom over yonder,
That blessèd realm beyond our sight,
In the kingdom over yonder.

I watch on dreamy shore and sea,
The sunbeams glance and quiver,
And think how fair the day must be
That shines across the river.
I hear the season’s changeful notes,
As ’round the world they wander,
And think what grander music floats
In the kingdom over yonder.
Over yonder, over yonder,
In the kingdom over yonder,
And think what grander music floats
In the kingdom over yonder.

I hear sweet words and tender vows,
From dear companions proving
By every sign affection knows,
How earnest is their loving;
Then muse upon that higher love,
Which speaks in language fonder,
Where spirits meet and seraphs move,
In the kingdom over yonder.
Over yonder, over yonder,
In the kingdom over yonder,
Where spirits meet and seraphs move,
In the kingdom over yonder.