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If you would find the better land

If you would find the better land

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [If you would find the better land]
Published in 11 hymnals

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1. If you would find the better land,
If you would reach the golden strand,
There to abide with Heaven’s throng,
Singing the everlasting song,

Go by the way of the cross,
Go by the way of the cross,
Go by the way of the cross,
And you’ll reach home.

2. If you would reach the city gate,
Where many dear ones watch and wait,
Looking for you, with eyes of love,
Waiting to hear from you above, [Refrain]

3. If you would live in that glad place,
Where shall be crowned the saved by grace,
If you would rest forever there,
Always so happy and so fair, [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1880

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 you would find the better land
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: Go by way of the cross



The Cyber Hymnal #1880
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