The jewels of God

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1. Who are those pilgrims in plain attire,
Trav'ling the King's highway?
Some wondrous hope must their hearts inspire,
Here they refuse to stay.

Chorus:
They are the jewels of God,
They are the jewels of God;
Rough stones made beautiful,
Rebels made dutiful,
They are the jewels of God.

2. Torn are their feet from the thorny path,
Still they do not complain;
Cheerfully ever they press their way
Onward the prize to gain. [Chorus

3. Stones that are precious must polished be,
Well do they understand;
Pilgrims must look not for home and cheer,
While in a hostile land. [Chorus]

4. "They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts,"
Cheered by that word are they;
"When I shall make up my jewels" fair,
Brightly to shine for aye. [Chorus]

5. Thought of his coming so near at hand
Each to new effort stirs;
Thro' him that loves them right soon shall they
Be more than conquerors. [Chorus]

Source: Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #54

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

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First Line: Who are those pilgrims
Title: The jewels of God
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: They are the jewels of God

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