Bright City

Over death's sea, in yon blest city

Author: Charles J. Butler
Tune: [Over death's sea, in yon blest city]
Published in 46 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 O’er death’s sea, in yon blest city,
There’s a home for ev’ry one;
Purchas’d with a price most costly,
‘Twas the blood of God’s dear Son.

In that city—bright city,
Soon with loved ones I shall be;
And with Jesus live forever,
In that city beyond death’s sea.

2 Here we’ve no abiding city,
Mansions here will soon decay;
But that city God’s built firmly,
It can never pass away. [Refrain]

3 I have loved ones in that city,
Those who left me years ago;
They with joy are waiting for me,
Where no farewell tears e’er flow. [Refrain]

4 T’ward that pure and holy city
Oft my longing eyes I cast;
Jesus whispers sweetly to me,
Heav’n is yours when earth is past. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #201

Author: Charles J. Butler

Charles J Butler USA 1860- Butler, a Methodist, speaks of a voyage he took from his home, Camden, NJ, as a bachelor, to Britain around 1894, stating he roamed around the British Isles for 14 months through Scotland, Ireland, Britain, and Paris, dealing with ship stewards, street urchins, and visiting famous sights. He wrote about his trip in 1901. He later resided in Philadephia and was a salesman and musician. He wrote “Heart Melodies #3” with Charles Bentley (1897). He is possibly the listed secretary of the YMCA in Philadelphia in 1920. John Perry  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Over death's sea, in yon blest city
Title: Bright City
Author: Charles J. Butler
Language: English
Refrain First Line: In that city, bright city
Copyright: Public Domain



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Small Church Music #6412


The Cyber Hymnal #7898

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