Home of the Soul

If for the prize we have striven

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [If for the prize we have striven]
Published in 21 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 If for the prize we have striven,
After our labors are o’er,
Rest to our souls will be given,
On the eternal shore.

Home of the soul, beautiful home,
There we shall rest, never to roam;
Free from all care, happy and bright,
Jesus is there, He is the light!
Oft, in the storm, lonely are we,
Sighing for home, longing for Thee,
Beautiful home of the ransomed,
Beside the crystal sea.

2 Yes, a sweet rest is remaining
For the true children of God,
Where there will be no complaining,
Never a chastening rod. [Refrain]

3 Soon, the bright homeland adorning,
We shall behold the glad dawn;
Lean on the Lord till the morning,
Trust till the night is gone. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10684

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If for the prize we have striven
Title: Home of the Soul
Author: James Rowe
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Home of the soul, blessed kingdom of light
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10684
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Church Gospel Songs and Hymns #390

Melodies of Love #69

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #243

Sacred Selections for the Church #365


The Cyber Hymnal #10684

Include 16 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us