1 The beautiful heavenly kingdom
Where Christ is the light of the day,
We fain would behold when he calls us
To walk in the bright shining way.
For Jesus is waiting to bless us,
He calls us in accents of love,
And there in the beautiful kingdom,
We’d praise him forever above.
The beautiful heavenly kingdom,
That glorious kingdom of heav’n,
’Tis there we would dwell with our Savior,
With all our transgressions forgiven.
2 He knows when we love him and serve him,
And guards us and guides us each day,
And notes when we sadly deny him,
And grieves when our hearts go astray.
He follows us where we may wander,
And bids us come home to the fold,
Nor stray amid sin and temptation,
On mountains, so dreary and cold. [Refrain]
3 The beautiful heavenly kingdom,
That country, so near yet so far,
Where we shall behold in his beauty,
Our Savior, heaven’s radiant star.
Return and rejoice, ye who wander,
Oh! come to his shelter and rest,
Till safe in the heavenly kingdom,
To joy in the realms of the blest. [Refrain]
Born: February 5, 1854, New Marlborough, Connecticut.
Died: October 13, 1916, Manhattan, Kansas.
Daughter of Mr. and Edward A. Pixley, but orphaned as an infant, Laura was adopted by her aunt, then Mrs. Hiram Mabie, who at the time lived in New York. In 1858, the Mabie family moved to a farm south of where Wamego, Kansas, now stands. Two years after the move, Mr. Mabie died, and his wife resumed teaching.
In 1860, Mrs. Mabie accepted a position in Topeka, Kansas, where she taught many years. Under her tutelage, Laura received her education. As early as age 12, Laura was writing rhymes, and two years later her poems began to appear in local newspapers. She had no thought of a literary career; she simply wrote… Go to person page >