Scripture Verse

We have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1

Introduction

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Elisha A. Hoffman
1839–1929

Words: E. A. Fer­ger­son. Ar­ranged and pub­lished in The Chris­tian Church Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Har­vey R. Chris­tie (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Stand­ard Pub­lish­ing, 1906), num­ber 400. Com­pare Not Made with Hands (Brown).

Music: Ar­ranged by Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Fer­ger­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Christ Jesus went a building to prepare
In Heav’n’s fair lands,
And it will be decked with jewels rare
Not made with hands.

Refrain

I know, I know
In Heav’n for me a mansion stands
A home, a home
Not made with hands.

Look yonder and a mansion you can see,
All fair it stands,
A beautiful home prepared for me
Not made with hands.

Refrain

I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’m told
In those fair lands
The streets are all paved with shining gold,
Not made with hands.

Refrain

The holy angels, beautiful and bright,
Dwell in those lands,
And soon we shall reach that home of light
Not made with hands.

Refrain

Some of my friends have journeyed on before,
From earth’s dark lands,
To dwell in that home forevermore
Not made with hands.

Refrain

Some morning fair, some bright and golden day,
When God commands,
I’ll go to the home not far away
Not made with hands.

Refrain