The city that's coming down

There's a holy and beautiful city

Author: Arthur F. Ingler
Tune: [There's a holy and beautiful city]
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1. There’s a holy and beautiful city
Whose builder and ruler is God;
John saw it descending from Heaven,
When Patmos, in exile, he trod;
Its high, massive wall is of jasper,
The city itself is pure gold;
And when my frail tent here is folded,
Mine eyes shall its glory behold.

In that bright city, pearly white city,
I have a mansion, a harp, and a crown;
Now I am watching, waiting, and longing,
For the white city that’s soon coming down.

2. No sin is allowed in that city
And nothing defiling or mean;
No pain and no sickness can enter,
No crepe on the doorknob is seen;
Earth’s sorrows and cares are forgotten,
No tempter is there to annoy;
No parting words ever are spoken,
There’s nothing to hurt or destroy. [Refrain]

3. No heartaches are known in that city,
No tears ever moisten the eyes;
There’s no disappointment in Heaven,
No envy and strife in the sky;
The saints are all sanctified wholly,
They live in sweet harmony there;
My heart is now set on that city,
And some day its blessings I’ll share. [Refrain]

4. My loved ones are gathering yonder,
My friends too are passing away,
And soon I shall join their bright number,
And dwell in eternity’s day;
They’re safe now in glory with Jesus,
Their trials and battles are past.
They overcame sin and the tempter,
They’ve reached that fair city at last. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5576

Author: Arthur F. Ingler

Born: May 12, 1873, Montandon, Pennsylvania. Died: August 8, 1935, Abington, Connecticut. Buried: North Swansea, Rhode Island. The 1900 census shows Ingler as a "vocalist" living in Denver, Colorado. The 1920 census shows him as a Nazarene preacher in Tillamook, Oregon. After the death of his wife Amalia, he moved east and married Lura Horton, who at the time was pastor of the People‚Äôs Church of the Nazarene in Providence, Rhode Island. The two of them served joint pastorates in Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Jackman, Maine; North Attleboro, Massachusetts; New Haven, Connecticut; and, in 1931, at Emmanuel Church, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. His works include: Burning Bush Songs No. 1 (Chicago, Illinois: Metropolitan Church Association… Go to person page >

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First Line: There's a holy and beautiful city
Title: The city that's coming down
Author: Arthur F. Ingler
Refrain First Line: In that bright city, pearly white city



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