With Joy Shall I Behold The Day


With joy shall I behold the day
That calls my willing soul away,
To dwell among the blest:
For, lo! my great Redeemer’s power
Unfolds the everlasting door,
And points me to His Rest.

Ev’n now, to my expecting eyes,
The heaven-built towers of Salem rise;
Their glory I survey;
I view her mansions that contain
The angel host, a beauteous train,
And shine with cloudless day.

Thither, from earth’s remotest end,
Lo! the redeem’d of God ascend,
Borne on immortal wing;
There, crown’d with everlasting joy,
In ceaseless hymns their tongues employ,
Before th’ Almighty King.

Mother of cities! o’er thy head
Bright peace, with healing wings outspread,
For evermore shall dwell:
Let me, blest seat! my name behold
Among thy citizens enroll’d
And bid the world farewell.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America,