During our last fund drive a donor said this: "Covid-19 rules prevent us from singing during my husband's burial service, so we will play the tune while we read the printed words or hum along with the music." Needless to say, this testimony struck us and stuck with us. We never know on any given day how Hymnary.org will be a blessing to people, but we know that around the world, the site is making a powerful difference in the lives of many.

Thanks to all who use Hymnary.org and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful.

To donate online, please use the Calvin University secure giving site. If you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to: Hymnary.org, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

The heavenly city

Far off a city shineth

Author: John Harris
Published in 1 hymnal

Author: John Harris

Harris, John, D.D., was born at Ugborough, Devon, March 8, 1802, and educated for the Congregational Ministry at Hoxton Academy. He was Minister of the Congregational Church, Epsom, 1825-38; President of the Countess of Huntingdon's College at Cheshunt, 1838-50; and Principal of New College, London, 1850, to his death, Dec. 21, 1856. He received the degree of D.D. from Brown University in 1838. His works were numerous, including The Great Teacher, 1835; Union: or, the Divided Church made one, 1837; The Pre-Adamite Earth, 1846; two prize essays; a volume of poems, The Incarnate One, &c. His hymn, "Light up this house with glory, Lord" (Opening of a Place of Worship), appeared in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 882. It has become… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far off a city shineth
Title: The heavenly city
Author: John Harris
Refrain First Line: Its gates are never shut


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.