1 O city of beauty, I long to behold
Thy pearly white gates and thy pavement of gold;
And I long for a stroll on that beautiful shore,
Where earth-weary feet shall grow weary no more.
But dearer by far than all to me,
Is the tho’t that the face of my Lord I shall see;
Yes, dearer by far than all to me,
Is the tho’t that the face of my Lord I shall see.
2 When sad and oppress’d with life’s burdens and fears,
Sweet tho’ts of that city my weary heart cheers,
And I feel that each battle must bravely be won
That I may rejoice in a Father’s “well done.” [Refrain]
3 My Savior hath promised for me to prepare
A home in that country so peaceful and fair;
And I rest in this hope, till his loving command
Shall summon me home to that beautiful land. [Refrain]
Servoss, M. E. Hymns by this writer are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1881. (1) “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice" (Joy in the Redeemer); and (2) "When the storms of life are raging" (Refuge in God). Another, "'Tis Jesus when the burdened heart" (Jesus, the Sinner's Friend), is in the Sunday School Union Voice of Praise, 1887. Miss Servoss was born at Schenectady, near New York.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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