I Love That Holy Scripture

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1 I love that Holy Scripture,
Where I am truly told
About the heav’nly city,
With walls of precious gold.

2 About the shining river
That goeth through the street—
The boughs of life above it,
With fruit and blossoms sweet.

3 This world is sometimes happy,
With pleasant things I love;
But it must be far, far better
To dwell in Heav’n above.

4 Not that the walls are golden,
The gates are always bright;
Not that the river poureth
Through every street its light.

5 Not that a pleasant music
From golden harps is stirred,
And every sound is sweeter,
Than ear hath ever heard.

6 But there shall never enter
The dark, rude thoughts of sin,
That here are always watching
To come the heart within.

7 And there we shall not find it
So very hard to be
Gentle and true and patient,
For we the Lord shall see.

8 And so we shall grow like Him,
All holy things to love;
O! it must be far, far better
To dwell in Heav’n above!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8476

Author: Helen Taylor

Taylor, Helen, daughter of Martin Taylor, was the author of The Child's Book of Homilies, N.D.; Sabbath Bells, A Series of Simple Lays for Christian Children, N.D.; and Missionary Hymns: for the Use of Children, 1846. From her Sabbath Bells, "I love that holy Scripture" (Concerning Heaven) is taken. The following are all from her Missionary Hymns, 1846:-- 1. A feather'd seed that lifted is. Value of Little Things. 2. And shall we dwell together? Concerning Heaven. 3. Father, the little offering take. Offertory. 4. There is a happy land on high. Concerning Heaven. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I love that Holy Scripture
Title: I Love That Holy Scripture
Author: Helen Taylor
Source: The School Hymnal by William Rawson Stevenson (London: E. Marlborough, 1880)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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