1 The heavenly home is bright and fair,
Nor death nor sighing visits there;
Its glittering towers the sun outshine--
That heavenly mansion shall be mine,
That heavenly mansion, heavenly mansion,
That heavenly mansion shall be mine.
2 My Father's house is built on high,
Above the arched and starry sky;
When from this earthly prison free
That heavenly mansion mine shall be.
3 While here, a stranger far from home,
Affliction's waves may round me foam;
Although like Laz'rus, sick and poor,
My heavenly mansion is secure.
4 I envy not the rich and great,
Their pomp of wealth and pride of state;
My Father is a richer King--
That heavenly mansion still I sing.
5 Let others seek a home below,
Which flames devour, or waves o'erflow;
Be mine the happier lot to own
A heavenly mansion near the throne.
6 Then, fail this earth, let stars decline,
And sun and moon refuse to shine;
All nature sink, and cease to be,
That heavenly mansion stands for me.
Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :—
1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >