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]
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 >