Scripture Verse

They desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he Hath prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:16


Words: Si­me­on J. Cal­vert, in New Songs of Praise, by Al­fred E. Hel­ton et al. (Le­noir, North Ca­ro­li­na: Teach­ers’ Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1913), num­ber 91.

Music: L. O. Brock (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Brock’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Cal­vert,


A heavenly city is waiting above,
Prepared by our Sav­ior’s own hand,
For all of God’s children who trust in His love
While traveling on to that land.


Leave the darkness, dear sinner, why wait so long?
O trust in the Sav­ior’s blest love,
And ev­er­more dwell with the glo­ri­ous throng
In that heavenly city above!

When we to that city shall cross o’er the tide,
And loved ones have welcomed us in,
With Je­sus our Sav­ior, we e’er shall abide,
Secure from all sorrow and sin.


O yes, ’twill be glo­ri­ous to gain that bright shore,
And live with our Sav­ior up there,
To sing with the angels the sweet story o’er,
And all of Heav’n’s blessings to share.


O sinner, now yield to the Sav­ior and live,
For He is the Truth and the Way;
He’ll cleanse you from evil and freely forgive,
And you shall be happy each day!