He carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem.@Revelation 21:10

Eben E. Rexford, in The Banner of Victory, by Alonzo Abbey & Merritt J. Munger (Boston, Massachusetts: Oliver Ditson, 1881), number 43.

Fitchburg Alonzo J. Abbey, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Eben E. Rexford (1848-1916)

Oh, city of the angels!
In dreams divinely sweet,
I pass thy open gateways,
And walk thy golden street;
I join the grand sweet anthems
Before the great white throne;
And I am filled with rapture
That earth has never known.

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Oh, city of the angels!
Beyond thy jasper gates,
For all earth’s weary pilgrims
What rest and peace awaits!

Oh, mansions of my Father!
I enter through thy doors
Of amethyst and jasper,
And tread thy golden floors;
And those who went before me,
And long since ceased to roam,
Cry out in sudden rapture,
Oh, welcome! welcome home!

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Oh, rest beyond the river!
Thou art not fully won;
I may not share thy rapture
Until my work is done;
When death’s white angel calls me,
And I no longer roam,
Oh, city of the angels,
In thee I’ll find my home!

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