Pearls by the way

While your face is toward that city

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [While your face is toward that city]
Published in 8 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 While your face is t’ward that city with its wealth of jasper walls,
Where the pearly gates are open wide to stay;
Still remember there are diamonds scattered all along life's road,
There are many, many pearls by the way.

There are many, many pearls by the way,
You may find them if you watch as well as pray,
Heaven's wealth is lying scattered all along life's dusty road,
Gather up some precious pearls by the way.

2 Would you have your crown to sparkle like the stars that shine at night?
Brighter than our golden sun which shines today?
Do not wait to get to heaven to select your jewels there,
But keep looking for life's pearls by the way. [Refrain]

3 Every crown of earth will perish, every gem return to dust,
There is written over all the word “decay”;
Not a thing, however precious, can you take to yonder shore,
But the pearls that you may find by the way. [Refrain]

4 Every little act of kindness, every loving, noble deed,
Every word that for the Master you may say,
Every soul that you may garner for the harvest of our God,
Are the pearls that you may find by the way. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns of the Kingdom: for use in religious meetings #22

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: While your face is toward that city
Title: Pearls by the way
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: There are many, many pearls by the way
Copyright: Public Domain



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