1 The call “come up higher,” is ringing out still;
Each stepping is planned by our Father’s good will;
If only we follow the word of our King,
To yonder bright Homeland, His children He’ll bring.
Upward, still upward, all of life’s way;
Upward, still upward, day after day;
Each trial surmounted shall help us to rise,
To enter, rejoicing, our home in the skies.
2 The way may be toilsome, but safety is there;
We’ve left the dark valley of sin and despair;
Now, upward with Jesus, our course He will guide,
And all that is needful, His grace will provide. [Refrain]
3 O, fear not the journey, ‘tis guided in love;
Sometimes there are shadows, light dwelleth above;
Our King has ascended to glory on high,
And there, in His likeness, we’ll see, eye to eye. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >