Scripture Verse

Our Savior, Christ Jesus…has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10


Aldine S. Kieffer (1840–1904)

Words: Al­dine S. Kief­fer, in Gospel Songs and Hymns No. 1, ed­it­ed by George B. Hol­sing­er (Bridge­wa­ter, Vir­gin­ia: George B. Hol­sing­er, 1898), num­ber 114.

Music: Böb­ling­en Ja­cob M. Sho­wal­ter (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Sho­wal­ter (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Far be­yond life’s gloomy por­tals,
Far be­yond earth’s clouds and night;
Lies the land of bright im­mor­tals,
Bathed in liv­ing, shin­ing light.


Forward, then, with brave en­dea­vor;
Forward, it can not be long
Till the soul shall rest for­ev­er
In the land of love and song.

To that land my feet are wend­ing,
Thro’ the dark and drea­ry day;
But my soul oft­times is blend­ing
With a song that cheers the way.


Patient be, O heart so low­ly;
Patient be, O soul so sad!
In the end thou shalt find on­ly
Joy, peace, love to make thee glad.


For the hand of Christ is lead­ing
Thee thro’ all this bor­der land;
And thy feet, tho’ bruised and bleed­ing,
Soon will touch the shin­ing strand.