Scripture Verse

The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17

Introduction

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Barney E. Warren
1867–1951

Words & Music: Bar­ney E. War­ren, Songs of the Ev­en­ing Light (An­der­son, In­di­a­na: Gos­pel Trum­pet Com­pa­ny, 1897), num­ber 46 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

There’s a theme that is sweet to my memory,
There’s a joy that I cannot express;
There’s a treasure that gladdens my being,
’Tis the kingdom of God’s righteousness.

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’Tis a kingdom of peace;
It is reigning within,
It shall ever increase in my soul;
We possess it right here
When He saves from all sin,
And ’twill last while the ages shall roll.

There’s a scene of its grandness before me,
Of its greatness there can be no end;
It is joy, it is peace, it is glory,
In my heart, how these riches do blend!

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I am lost in its splendor and beauty,
To its ne’er fading heights I would rise;
Till I see the King come to receive me,
And explore it with Him in the skies.

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What a pleasure in life it is bringing!
What assurance and hope ever bright!
Oh, what rapture and bliess are awaiting,
When our faith shall be lost in the sight!

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