Not Half Has Ever Been Told

I have read of a beautiful city, Far away in the kingdom of God

Author: J. B. Atchinson
Tune: [I have read of a beautiful city]
Published in 53 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. I have read of a beautiful city,
Far away in the kingdom of God;
I have read how its walls are of jasper,
How its streets are all golden and broad;
In the midst of the street is life’s river,
Clear as crystal and pure to behold;
But not half of that city’s bright glory
To mortals has ever been told.

Refrain
Not half has ever been told;
Not half has ever been told;
Not half of that city’s bright glory
To mortals has ever been told.

2. I have read of bright mansions in Heaven,
Which the Savior has gone to prepare;
And the saints who on earth have been faithful,
Rest forever with Christ over there;
There no sin ever enters, nor sorrow,
The inhabitants never grow old;
But not half of the wonderful story
To mortals has ever been told. [Refrain]

3. I have read of white robes for the righteous,
Of bright crowns which the glorified wear,
When our Father shall bid them, Come, enter,
And My glory eternally share;
How the righteous are evermore blessèd
As they walk through the streets of pure gold;
But not half of the wonderful story
To mortals has ever been told. [Refrain]

4. I have read of a Christ so forgiving,
That vile sinners may ask and receive
Peace and pardon for every transgression,
If when asking they only believe.
I have read how He’ll guide and protect us,
If for safety we enter His fold;
But not half of His goodness and mercy
To mortals has ever been told. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4599

Author: J. B. Atchinson

Atchinson, Jonathan Bush, born at Wilson, New York, Feb. 17, 1840, and "licensed as a Methodist Preacher," Sept. 6, 1874. Of his hymns the following are the best known:— 1. Behold the stone is rolled away. [Easter.] This was Mr. Atchinson's first hymn. It appeared in the Sunday School Times, Dec. 1874. It is not in use in Great Britain. 2. Fully persuaded, Lord, I believe. [Faith.] Written in 1874 or 1875, and first published in Gospel Hymns, No. 1. It is given in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, No. 149, with music by W. F. Sherwin. 3. I have read of a beautiful city. [Heaven.] Written about the same time as the former, and published in Gospel Hymns. It is given in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, No. 4… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have read of a beautiful city, Far away in the kingdom of God
Title: Not Half Has Ever Been Told
Author: J. B. Atchinson
Refrain First Line: Not half has ever been told
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

I have read of a beautiful city. [Heaven.] Written [in 1874 or 1875], and published in Gospel Hymns. It is given in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, No. 403, with music by O. F. Presbrey. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 53 of 53)

Bells of Gladness No. 1 #d14

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Calvary Songs #96

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Coronation Hymns and Songs #142

Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d148

Crystal Songs #d49

Echoes of Zion Nos. 1 & 2 #d56

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Francis Murphy's Gospel Temperance Hymnal #95

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Good Will #96

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Good Will #96

Gospel Bells #d55

Gospel Bells #d55

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Gospel Bells #45

Gospel Gems #d62

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Gospel Hymns No. 3 #89

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Gospel Tent Songs #4

Gospel Voices #d32

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #901

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d227

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #901

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Hymns of Praise, with Tunes #192

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Hymns of Praise, with Tunes #193

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International Song Service #166

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Joyful Greeting #54

Latter-Day Saint Hymns #d139

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Light and Life Songs No. 2 #98

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Living Hymns #194

Millennial Revival #50

New Hosannas #d36

Praise, a New Song Book #d50

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Prayer and Praise #390

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Precious Hymns #374

Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 24th ed. #d6

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Sacred Songs & Solos #403

Sacred Songs and Solos #403

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Select Songs No. 2 #263

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Songs of the Golden #142

Sought-Out Songs for Christian Workers #d52

Sought-Out Songs for Christian Workers #d53

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Temperance Jewels #86

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The Broadman Hymnal #386

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The Cokesbury Hymnal #287

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The Cokesbury Worship Hymnal #276

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The Cyber Hymnal #4599

The Gospel Hymnal #d269

The Latter-Day Saints' Psalmody. 3rd ed. #d6

The Mission Hymnal. Enl. ed. #d76

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The Modern Hymnal #442

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The National Baptist Hymnal #674

The People's Hymn Book #d116

The Songs of Zion #ad77

The Songs of Zion, a Collection of Choice Songs #d77

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The Way of Life #24

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