Scripture Verse

They shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. Luke 13:29


Leonard C. Everett (1818–1867)

Words: James Ed­mes­ton, In­fant Breath­ings 1846, num­ber 25. Evi­dent­ly writ­ten for a child’s fu­ner­al.

Music: En­ni­us Le­on­ard C. Ev­er­ett (1818–1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ed­mes­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Ev­er­ett,


Little tra­vel­ers Zi­on­ward
Each one en­ter­ing in­to rest,
In the king­dom of your Lord,
In the man­sions of the blest:
There, to wel­come, Je­sus waits,
Gives the crown His fol­low­ers win;
Lift your heads, ye gold­en gates,
Let the little tra­vel­ers in!

Who are they whose lit­tle feet,
Pacing life’s dark jour­ney through,
Now have reach­ed the hea­ven­ly seat
They had ev­er kept in view?
I from Green­land’s froz­en land,
I from In­dia’s sul­try plain,
I from Af­ri­ca’s bar­ren sand,
I from is­lands of the main.

All our earth­ly jour­ney past,
Every tear and pain gone by,
Here to­ge­ther met at last,
At the por­tal of the sky.

Each the wel­come Come! awaits,
Conquerors ov­er death and sin;
Lift your heads, ye gold­en gates,
Let the lit­tle tra­vel­ers in.