Home On the Banks of the River

There's a beautiful home beyond the dark river

Author: Austin Taylor
Tune: [There's a beautiful home beyond the dark river]
Published in 9 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 There's a beautiful home beyond the dark river,
There's a mansion by faith I can see;
And the Savior is there His [sic] faithful to welcome,
There's a beautiful home for me.

Home on the banks of the river,
Home where the ransomed ones gather,
Home with its angels forever,
On the beautiful banks of the river.

2 'Tis a beautiful home, and God is its Maker,
In a land that no mortal has trod;
Soon the angels will come and carry me over,
To that beautiful home of God. [Refrain]

3 O that wonderful place to which I am going,
It by faith I in rapture behold;
Its gates are of pearl, its walls are of jasper,
And its beautiful streets are gold. [Refrain]

4 I have followed the way of life to the river,
I can see the glad portals above;
I am ready to go and live with my Savior,
In the beautiful home of love. [Refrain]

Source: Melodies of Love #87

Author: Austin Taylor

Austin Taylor (October 14, 1881 – January 1, 1973) Austin Taylor was born October 14, 1881 in Morgantown, Kentucky. He served Churches of Christ, one of three branches of the Stone-Campbell Movement for all of his long life as a song writer, song leader, minister, preacher, teacher, and singing school leader. The school he helped to found, the Texas Normal Singing School, still holds its camp every Summer. The Taylors moved to Sherman, TX in 1890. There Austin began his music career as a singing school teacher and song writer. Two of his outstanding teachers were Horatio Richmond Palmer (1834-1907) of New York, who wrote songs such as “Master the Tempest is Raging,” “Angry Words,” and “O Lord, Our Lord,” and Dr. Horace Neel… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There's a beautiful home beyond the dark river
Title: Home On the Banks of the River
Author: Austin Taylor
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Home on the banks of the river
Copyright: Public Domain



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Melodies of Love #87

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Sacred Selections for the Church #373


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