On the Hills Beyond the River

There are hills beyond the valley where the river glideth by

Author: Eben E. Rexford
Tune: [There are hills beyond the valley where the river glideth by] (Buchanan)
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 There are hills beyond the valley where the river glideth by,
Where the Eden flow’rs are blooming underneath a cloudless sky;
There the stately palms are swaying in the soft and balmy breeze;
Birds of paradise are singing from the ever-verdant trees.

Oh, the hills beyond the river,
Stately hills majestic hills;
We shall rest in peace forever,
On those hills, enduring hills.

2 On those hills beyond the river is our heavenly Father’s throne,
And the brightness of that city mortal eye hath never known;
Oh, its gates are shining brightly in the never-fading day,
For the sunshine is eternal, and can never pass away. [Chorus]

3 While we walk along the valley we may sometimes gain a view
Of the hills beyond the river underneath the arching blue;
If our footsteps never falter, in the path that should be trod,
We may one day claim a dwelling in the city of our God. [Chorus]

Source: Gems and Jewels #136

Author: Eben E. Rexford

Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton. See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There are hills beyond the valley where the river glideth by
Title: On the Hills Beyond the River
Author: Eben E. Rexford
Language: English
Refrain First Line: On the hills, across the river
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

Bells of Heaven #d364

Bells of Heaven #d333

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Gems and Jewels #136

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Glowing Songs #53

Happy Voices No. 1 #d151

New Silver Song #d112

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Song Garland; or, Singing for Jesus #83

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The Revival No. 2 #53

The Silver Song #d107

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