Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
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.
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The shadows are past, and the veil is withdrawn,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.
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.
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.
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.
Eternity dawns! ’Tis a source of content,
That in preaching salvation
My life has been spent;
Jesus my all, and the Savior of men,
May His grace be upon
You forever. Amen.