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You tell me of a city Which is so bright and fair (Barnes)

You tell me of a city Which is so bright and fair (Barnes)

Author: Kate Cameron
Tune: [You tell me of a city]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 You tell me of a city
Which is so bright and fair;
Oh, why do not the friends I love
Talk more of going there?
I hear them speak of pleasures
Which earthly things have giv’n;
Why do they never mention
The better joys of Heav’n?

A city which hath foundations,
Whose builder and maker is God;
Which shineth afar
Like a beautiful star,
By saints and angels trod!

2 I think about that city
Of which I have been told,
Whose gates are made of shining pearl,
Whose streets are paved with gold.
The firm and strong foundation
Is built of jewels rare;
I’m sure that nothing earthly
Can with those walls compare. [Refrain]

3 Oh, dear and blessèd city,
Could I but enter in,
I should be free from every pain,
From care, and doubt, and sin.
Oh, let me bear each trial
As patient as I may,
For soon will all things mortal
Forever pass away. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12025

Author: Kate Cameron

Mrs. K. W. B. Barnes, was born in Deerfield, Mass in 1836. She was christened Maria Burbank Williams but was called by the name Kitty. She also used the pen name "Kate Cameron" In 1856 she married Dr. Norman S. Barnes. She was a writer of many stories, poems, and hymns. From Waifs and their authors by A. A. Hopkins, 1879  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: You tell me of a city Which is so bright and fair (Barnes)
Author: Kate Cameron
Refrain First Line: A city which hath foundations
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12025
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The Cyber Hymnal #12025

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