In the New Jerusalem

When the toils of life are over, And we lay our armor down

Author: C. B. Widmeyer
Tune: [When the toils of life are over] (Widmeyer)
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1 When the toils of life are over,
And we lay our armor down,
And we bid farewell to earth with all its cares,
We shall meet and greet our loved ones,
And our Christ we then shall crown,
In the new Jerusalem.

There’ll be singing, there’ll be shouting
When the saints come marching home,
In Jerusalem, in Jerusalem,
Waving palms with loud hosannas
As the King shall take His throne,
In the new Jerusalem.

2 Tho’ the way is sometimes lonely,
He will hold me with His hand,
Thro’ the testings and the trials I must go.
But I’ll trust and gladly follow,
For sometime I’ll understand,
In the new Jerusalem. [Refrain]

3 When the last goodbye is spoken
And the tear stains wiped away,
And our eyes shall catch a glimpse of glory fair,
Then with bounding hearts we’ll meet Him
Who hath washed our sins away,
In the new Jerusalem. [Refrain]

4 When we join the ransomed army
In the summer land above,
And the face of our dear Saviour we behold,
We will sing and shout forever,
And we’ll grow in perfect love,
In the new Jerusalem. [Refrain]

Source: Soul Inspiring Songs #152

Author: C. B. Widmeyer

Widmeyer, Charles B. (Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 1884--California, December 14, 1974). Studied vocal music from age 12 under J.M. Cowgill; at age 15 began teaching classes of his own. First song was written at age 15. The first one published, "Upon the Cross," was written at age 20. Bachelor of Music degree from Bethany-Peniel, Bethany, Oklahoma. Wrote more than 350 songs; edited or contributed to many songbooks. "Come and Dine" was written following the reading of John 21:12 and his meditation on the similarity between the tired, hungry disciples and people of his day both spiritually and physically hungry; translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Serbian. --E. Roger Taylor, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

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First Line: When the toils of life are over, And we lay our armor down
Title: In the New Jerusalem
Author: C. B. Widmeyer
Language: English
Refrain First Line: There'll be singing, there'll be shouting



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