The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.@Revelation 21:23
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Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922)

Johnson Oatman, Jr., in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers (Dalton, Georgia: The A. J. Showalter Company, 1904), number 124.

Frank B. Smith (🔊 pdf nwc).

Though the shadows gather o’er our pathway here,
Though the day may not be bright and fair,
Yet the thought of Heaven brings us hope and cheer,
For the skies are always bright up there.

Refrain

Oh, the skies are always bright up there,
Yes, the skies are always bright up there;
No storm clouds hover o’er the city of our God,
For the skies are always bright up there.

Night ne’er draws her curtains o’er that peaceful shore,
There ’tis light forever, everywhere;
There the gloom of midnight we shall know no more,
For the skies are always bright up there.

Refrain

So through clouds and shadows we will wend our way,
Till we reach that city bright and fair;
Then we’ll rest forever in those realms of day,
For the skies are always bright up there.

Refrain