The City of Light

A beautiful land by faith I see

Author: Jonathan E. Hall
Tune: [A beautiful land by faith I see] (Bradbury)
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1 A beautiful land by faith I see,
A land of rest from sorrow free:
The home of the ransomed, bright and fair,
And beautiful angels, too, are there.

Will you go? will you go?
Go to that beautiful land with me?
Will you go? will you go?
Go to that beautiful land.

2 That land is called the City of Light;
It never has known the shades of night;
The glory of God, the light of day,
Hath driven the darkness far away. [Refrain]

3 In vision I see its streets of gold,
Its gate of pearl I, too, behold,
The river of life, the crystal sea,
The ambrosial fruit of life’s fair tree. [Refrain]

4 The ransom’d throng, arrayed in white,
In rapture range the plains of light,
In one harmonious choir they praise
Their glorious Saviour’s matchless grace. [Refrain]

Source: Precious Hymns for Times of Refreshing and Revival #100

Author: Jonathan E. Hall

19th Century We know little of Hall, except that he was a minister. Most hymnals list him as "J. E. Hall," but his first name, John, is shown in "The Finest of Wheat," by George C. Elderkin (Chicago, Illinois: R. R. McCabe & Company, 30th edition, 1890), number 91. Lyrics-- Are You Ready for the Coming of the Son of Man Today? Beautiful Land Fear Not He Knows My Way Hear My Prayer My Father Hear the News Glad News of Jesus Jesus Son of David More Than Tongue Can Tell Wash Me Clean Music: EASTER OFFERINGS  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A beautiful land by faith I see
Title: The City of Light
Author: Jonathan E. Hall
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Will you go, will you go, will you go to that beautiful land
Copyright: Public Domain


A beautiful land by faith I see. [Heaven]. Given Anon. in the American Shining Star, N. Y. 1862, No. 74 in 4 stanzas of 4 lines and chorus, and entitled, “The beautiful land.” It is in extensive use in America, and is found also in a few English Sunday School collections. In S. Booth’s Sunday School Hymn Book, Brooklyn, U.S., 1863, it is credited to “J. Hall.”

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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