A city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.@Hebrews 11:10

Ma­ria B. W. Barnes (1836–1873). Pub­lished in Gos­pel Songs, ed­it­ed by Phi­lip P. Bliss (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1874), num­ber 20. Some hym­nals show the lyr­i­cist as Kate Ca­mer­on, Barnes’ pseu­do­nym.

E. A. Han­chett (🔊 pdf nwc).

You tell me of a city
Which is so bright and fair;
Oh, why do not the friends I love
Talk more of going there?
I hear them speak of pleasures
Which earthly things have giv’n;
Why do they never mention
The better joys of Heav’n?

Refrain

A city which hath foundations,
Whose builder and maker is God
;
Which shineth afar
Like a beautiful star,
By saints and angels trod!

I think about that city
Of which I have been told,
Whose gates are made of shining pearl,
Whose streets are paved with gold.
The firm and strong foundation
Is built of jewels rare;
I’m sure that nothing earthly
Can with those walls compare.

Refrain

Oh, dear and blessèd city,
Could I but enter in,
I should be free from every pain,
From care, and doubt, and sin.
Oh, let me bear each trial
As patient as I may,
For soon will all things mortal
Forever pass away.

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