Christ My Song - 1128
Beyond the world a city stands
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Beyond the world a city stands.
"For he looked for a city which hath foundations."
1. Beyond the world a city stands,
a city this, not made with hands,
where God the Saviour reigns;
'tis built for sinners bought with blood,
redeemed and sanctified to God,
and cleansed from all their stains.
2. The cities of the world must fall,
however solid, they must all
the common ruin share;
but yonder city still appears
unchangeable through endless years,
for God himself is there.
3. Happy the people who abide
within those walls, and there reside
for ever with the King!
Our lot, we hope, will be to share
their joys, and join the thousands there,
the Saviour's praise to sing.
4. With such a prospect, should we grieve,
when called our earthly house to leave,
and part with all below?
A nobler house is ours above,
from which we never shall remove;
our God ordains it so.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 621.