Scripture Verse

The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:98


Elwood H. Stokes

Words: El­wood H. Stokes (1815–1897).

Music: Ugan­da John R. Swe­ney, Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1897), page 3 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney


A land of light, a land of joy,
A land of sweet and high employ;
A land of peace, homeland above,
A land of love, eternal love.


O sinless land, bright sinless land,
So blest because a sinless land;
I long for thee, O sinless land,
Because the only blessèd land.

A frostless clime, forever fair,
No tempest blasts can enter there;
No bud can blight, no blossom fade,
No sorrows cast their dismal shade.


No night, no death, no heated noon,
Forever fresh, eternal June;
No throb of pain, no weight of care,
Where songs of bliss fill all the air.


Be glad, my soul, each added year
Makes this bright land thrice doubly dear;
And while on earth, if saved from sin,
My heart may take its glories in.