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I Shall Dwell Forever There

When the night is o'er and the shadows past

Author: A. H. Ackley
Tune: [When the night is o'er and the shadows past]
Published in 27 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. When the night is o’er and the shadows past,
And eternal dawn dispels the gloom of earthly care;
In the home of God I shall rest at last,
In the land of Eden I shall dwell forever there.

I shall walk the streets of the city of God
With its tree of life so bright, so fair,
There will be no night—Jesus is the light,
I shall dwell forever there.

2. Tho’ my sky be filled with the clouds of time,
And my soul is burdened with forebodings of despair,
Yet, my heart is cheered, for the hope is mine,
If I trust in Jesus I shall dwell forever there. [Refrain]

3. How my heart will sing when I see the King,
For there is no sovereign that with Jesus can compare;
So the sacrifice of a life I’ll bring,
And with Him in glory, I shall dwell forever there. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3049

Author: A. H. Ackley

Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles. Dianne Shapiro (from ackleygenealogy.com by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the night is o'er and the shadows past
Title: I Shall Dwell Forever There
Author: A. H. Ackley
Refrain First Line: I shall walk the streets of the city of God



The Cyber Hymnal #3049
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The Cyber Hymnal #3049

Include 26 pre-1979 instances
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