Scripture Verse

Looking up to Heaven. Matthew 14:19


Words: Ma­ry L. But­ler, in The Child­ren’s Hymn Book, by Fran­ces & Car­ey Brock, 1881.

Music: Ex­cel­si­or Jo­si­ah Booth (1852–1929) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of But­ler (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Josiah Booth


Looking upward every day,
Sunshine on our faces;
Pressing onward every day
Toward the heavenly places;

Growing every day in awe,
For Thy name is holy;
Learning every day to love
With a love more lowly;

Walking every day more close
To our elder brother;
Growing every day more true
Unto one another;

Leaving every day behind
Something which might hinder;
Running swifter every day;
Growing purer, kinder—

Lord, so pray we every day:
Hear us in Thy pity,
That we enter in at last
To the holy city.