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

James Edmeston, Infant Breathings 1846, number 25; evidently written for a child’s funeral.

Ennius John W. Belcher, 19th Century (🔊 pdf nwc).

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 travellers in.