1 Have you heard the good news from the country afar,
Where the angels of God and the glorified are?
That a mansion of joy is prepared there for you
If your trust is in Jesus, “the Faithful and True.”
Good news, good news, from the country afar
Where the Lamb that was slain is the Bright Morning Star?
Good news, good news, There’s a mansion for you,
If your trust is in Jesus, “The Faithful and True.”
2 Have you heard the good news from the land where they say
That no shadow of night dims its beautiful day,
Not a sorrow shall darken its portals so fair,
And no sin dare invade, for the King dwelleth there. [Refrain]
3 Have you heard the good news? will you tell it again?
Will you speed on the word to the children of men?
For the Lord who has gone to prepare you a place,
Has a welcome for all, thro’ His wonderful grace. [Refrain]
4 Have you heard the good news from the Savior we love?
Never more is it far to that country above!
For our union with Him brings its glories so near,
That we fancy its grand hallelujahs we hear. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >