He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. Isaiah 25:8
In 1887, Anzentia, her husband and children traveled from their home in Michigan on an evangelism tour of Kansas. En route, the children were playing with coins, and seven-year-old Eva swallowed some. Swallowed coins often pass harmlessly, but these did not.
Five days later, Eva announced she was going to Heaven. She gave away her childhood treasures to her family, then got in her brother’s lap and sangInto My Heart, Come into My Heart Lord Jesus.After that she passed away to Heaven.
Her heartbroken parents, not finished with their tour, put Eva into a glass topped coffin and stored it in a cave. When the tour was over, they buried her in Edna, Kansas. After the family returned home, then moved to Isabella County, Michigan, Anzentia wrote this song in Eva’s memory.
With friends on earth we meet in gladness,
While swift the moments fly,
Yet ever comes the thought of sadness,
That we must say,
We’ll never say goodbye in Heav’n,
We’ll never say goodbye,
For in that land of joy and song,
We’ll never say goodbye.
How joyful is the hope that lingers,
When loved ones cross death’s sea,
That we, when all earth’s toils are ended,
With Thee shall ever be.
No parting words shall e’er be spoken,
In yonder home so fair,
But songs of joy, and peace, and gladness,
We’ll sing forever there.