1 Of this earth-land I am weary (I am weary),
One of God’s great pilgrim band (great pilgrim band);
Oft in pathways worn and weary (worn and weary),
Seeking for my dear home land (my dear home land).
Yet by one glad promise given,
I am waiting day by day
For that sweet sometime of Heaven,
When the years have rolled away!
2 In my waking or my sleeping (or my sleeping),
I am dreaming o’er and o’er (yes, o’er and o’er)
Of the joys in God’s own keeping (God’s own keeping),
Of the happiness in store (fore’er in store). [Refrain]
3 Tho’ my dearest hopes may perish (hopes may perish),
Tho’ my eyes are dim with tears (are dim with tears),
This by faith my heart will cherish (heart will cherish)
Thro’ the passing of the years (yes, of the years). [Refrain]
4 Homesick heart, be not repining (not repining),
Be thou patient here a while (yes, here a while);
Thou shalt see God’s welcome shining (welcome shining)
Just beyond the last long mile (the last long mile). [Refrain]
Born: May 12, 1898, Del Rio, Tennessee.
Died: November 7, 1989, Monteagle, Tennessee.
Justus was born on May 12, 1898, in Del Rio, Tennessee, to a school-teacher father and stay-at-home mother. The family moved around quite frequently, but always stayed close to the Appalachian Mountains that helped shape Justus’s character and writing. “For I feel at home only in the mountains,” she has said in several interviews. She eventually attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she earned her Bachelors in Teaching. Early in her career, she grew fond of writing children’s literature—all dealing with the mountain folklore of her youth.
Her first children’s book Gabby Gaffer was published in 1929 when Justus was thirt… Go to person page >
Display Title: In The Sweet Sometime Of HeavenFirst Line: Of this earth-land I am wearyTune Title: [Of this earth-land I am weary]Author: May JustusSource: Truth and Hope (Hudson, NC: The Teachers' Music Publishing Company, 1919)