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Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Friday, 6 August 2004
To be "There" !!
Now Playing: What will it be like to be "there" at Home Above ?
Topic: Joyful
Many of us are familiar with the hymn, "We sing of the realms of the blest... But what must it be to be there?" which was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Mills a short while before she went "there" in 1829 at the age of 24.

It is #70 in the appendix to the Little Flock hymnbook and #276 in the Echoes of Grace Hymnbook.

John Gifford Bellett, often referred to as the "confectioner" of the 19th century "brethren" writers, wrote an answer to Mrs Mills' hymn which is today's "Chosen Hymn", as follows:

`Tis good to be here,' was the word
Once heard from that country so fair,
In glory beholding the Lord,
`Tis this, it is this to be there! (Matt 17:4)

The glories and joys of that land
The traveler could not declare,
His rapture and silence alone,
Must tell what it is to be there! (2 Cor 12:4)

In sight of that City on high,
Its walls decked with jewels so rare,
He fell, overwhelm'd with the joy,
This tells what it is to be there. (Rev 22:8)

With Thee, Lord, for ever to be
Is the hope Thou hast left with us here,
`Tis enough, Lord, for ever with Thee,
`Tis this, it is this to be there! (1 Thess 4:17)

(shared by Tom & Leah Roach, Nova Scotia)

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:16 PM EDT
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