Life's railway to heaven

Life is like a mountain railroad

Author: Eliza R. Snow; Author: M. E. Abbey
Tune: [Life is like a mountain railroad]
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1 Life is like a mountain railroad,
With an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels;
Never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.

Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach the blissful shore,
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

2 You will roll up grades of trial;
You will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your conductor
On this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction,
Do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail. [Refrain]

3 You will often find obstructions,
Look for storms and wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle
They will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus,
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail. [Refrain]

4 As you roll across the trestle,
Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot
Into which your train will glide;
There you’ll meet the Sup’rintendent,
God the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyous plaudit,
“Weary pilgrim, welcome home.” [Refrain]

Source: African American Heritage Hymnal #472

Author: Eliza R. Snow

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Author: M. E. Abbey

Abbey was a Baptist minister in Georgia in the 1890s. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Life is like a mountain railroad
Title: Life's railway to heaven
Author: Eliza R. Snow
Author: M. E. Abbey
Meter: D with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Blessed Savior, thou wilt guide us



The Cyber Hymnal #4010
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