Beautiful city, haven of peace

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1. Beautiful city, haven of peace,
Beautiful home where weeping shall cease;
When shall thy gates be opened to me?
When shall I rest forever in thee?

Refrain:
Beautiful city, haven of peace,
Home of the soul, where weeping shall cease;
Beautiful city, waiting for me,
When shall I rest forever in thee?

2. Beautiful city, haven of joy,
Heavenly praise our tongues shall employ;
Glad are thy songs that never grow old,
Bright are thy walls of jasper and gold. [Refrain]

3. Beautiful city, haven of rest,
Beautiful mansions, home of the blest;
O how I long thy glories to see!
Beautiful city, waiting for me. [Refrain]


Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #888

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: Beautiful city, haven of peace
Author: Franklin E. Belden

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