The gates of [the city] shall not be shut at all by day; for there shall be no night there. Revelation 21:25
Words & Music: Charles H. Gabriel, circa 1917 (🔊 pdf nwc). This song was inspired by the words of Gabriel’s son as the two said goodbye in New York. His son was leaving for World War I, and they did not know if he would return. Among his last words to his father were,
Dad, if I never see you again here, I’ll meet you where the gates never swing outward.
Just a few more days to be filled with praise,
And to tell the old, old story;
Then, when twilight falls, and my Savior calls,
I shall go to Him in glory.
I’ll exchange my cross for a starry crown,
Where the gates swing outward never;
At His feet I’ll lay every burden down,
And with Jesus reign forever.
Just a few more years with their toil and tears,
And the journey will be ended;
Then I’ll be with Him, where the tide of time
With eternity is blended.
Though the hills be steep and the valleys deep,
With no flowers my way adorning;
Though the night be lone and my rest a stone,
Joy awaits me in the morning.
What a joy ’twill be when I wake to see
Him for Whom my heart is burning!
Nevermore to sigh, nevermore to die,
For that day my heart is yearning.