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]
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 >
Display Title: Home Of The SoulFirst Line: If for the prize we have strivenTune Title: [If for the prize we have striven]Author: James RoweSource: Sparkling Jewels by Samuel Beazley and James H. Ruebush (Dayton, Va: Ruebush Kieffer, 1912)