1 It may not seem welcome now
At the cross of Christ to bow
But you’ll wish you were one of us by and by;
When the Savior comes to claim
Those who suffer for His name
And to take them to those mansions in the sky.
O that mansion in the sky!
I’m goin’ to claim one by and by,
And I’ll never never die,
Hallelujah to the Lamb!
Come along and go with me,
Turn your back on sin and see,
You’ll be happy as can be,
Hallelujah to the lamb.
2 You may shrink to pay the price,
Say “Too great a sacrifice,”
But you’ll wish you were on of us by and by;
Then this old world will look small,
And you’d gladly give your all
Could you know you had a mansion in the sky. [Refrain]
3 Laz’rus covered o’er with sores
Lay beside the rich man’s doors
And he begged for alms for those who passed him by;
As the crowd would by him go
Little did those rich men know
That poor Lazarus had a mansion in the sky. [Refrain]
4 At our humble homes you smile,
We’re just stopping here awhile,
But you ought to see what’s coming by and by;
For our home is built of gold
And we’ll never more grow old
When we leave to claim a mansion in the sky. [Refrain]
5 I had rather always roam
With no place to call my home
Than to fail to join that number by and by;
For when Jesus calls for me
I’ll be rich as rich can be
For I’ll have a stately mansion in the sky. [Refrain]
6 So be careful how you talk,
How you shake your head and mock
You’d be glad to be one of us by and by;
Tho’ despised by men on earth.
We are all of royal birth
For we now possess a mansion in the sky. [Refrain]
7 If you stand before the King,
Join the songs the Blood-washed sing.
If you’d hear the angels singing by and by;
Come today send in your name,
No one, then, can jump your claim
When you go to see your mansion in the sky. [Refrain]
Herbert Buffum was born in La Fayette, Illinois 13 November 1879. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He started preaching at seventeen years of age. He did city mission work up and down the Pacific Coast and later in small towns in Kansas. He began publishing hymns at the age of eighteen.
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 >