Scripture Verse

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Introduction

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Mary S. Wheeler
1835–1919

Words: Ma­ry S. Wheel­er, in Gos­pel Hymns No. 3, by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1878), num­ber 57. Last words of a faith­ful min­is­ter of Christ, who re­cent­ly died in the hope of the gos­pel.

Music: Phi­lip P. Bliss (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip P. Bliss
1838–1876

Lyrics

Eternity dawns on my vision today,
Gather round me my loved
Ones to sing and to pray;
The shadows are past, and the veil is with­drawn,
Brightly now does the morn
Of eternity dawn.

Refrain

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah, we sing!
Jesus conquered the grave
Robbing death of its sting;
Hosanna! again let the glad anthem ring,
Sing and pray! Eternity dawns!

Eternity dawns! Oh, the glories that rise,
How they burst on my soul
In its blissful surprise;
With rapture the gleam of the city I see,
Where the crown and the mansion
Are waiting for me.

Refrain

Eternity dawns! There will be no more night,
I am nearing the gates
Of the city of light;
The shadows of time are now passing away,
Tarry not, O my Sav­ior,
Come quickly, I pray.

Refrain

Eternity dawns! Earth recedes from my view;
Weeping friends, now farewell,
I must bid you adieu;
I’m resting in Je­sus, His merits I plead,
Fear ye not, for my God
Shall supply all your need.

Refrain

Eternity dawns! ’Tis a source of content,
That in preaching sal­va­tion
My life has been spent;
’Tis Je­sus my all, and the Sav­ior of men,
May His grace be upon
You for­ev­er. Amen.

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