The twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.@Revelation 21:21

Anonymous, in First Truths; or, Lessons and Hymns for Christian Children (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1843), number 391, alt.

Lincolnshire Herbert H. Booth, in One Hundred Favorite Songs of the Salvation Army, edited by Frederick Booth-Tucker (Salvation Army, 1893) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Herbert H. Booth (1862–1926)

I have giv’n up all for Jesus—
This vain world is naught to me;
All its pleasures are forgotten
In remembering Calvary;
Though my friends despise, forsake me,
And on me the world looks cold,
I’ve a Friend that will stand by me
When the pearly gates unfold!

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Yes, life’s morn will soon be waning,
And its evening bells will toll—
But my heart will know no sadness
When the pearly gates unfold!

When the voice of Jesus calls me,
And the angels whisper low,
I will lean upon my Savior
Through the valley as I go;
I will claim His precious promise,
More to me than world of gold,
Fear no evil, I’ll be with thee,
When the pearly gates unfold.

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Just beyond the verge of Jordan,
Just beyond its chilling tide,
Blooms the tree of life immortal,
And the living waters glide;
In that happy land of spirits
Flowers bloom on hills of gold,
And the angels are awaiting
Where the pearly gates unfold.

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