146. What is heaven?

1 O, what is heav'n? I want to know;
And what is passing there?
Do gentle rivers brightly flow,
And flow'rs perfume the air?

2 Yes, there are flow'rs which never fade,
And streams that never dry;
And there is known no evening shade,
To dim the glorious sky.

3 O, what is heav'n? I want to know,
Are children playing there?
And do they thirst and hunger now,
And feel a parent's care?

4 No, never do they hunger there,
Nor precious moments waste;
But beauteous as the angels are,
With Christ's own image graced.

5 But where is heaven? O, is it far
Above the ground I tread?
Or is it fix'd in yonder star,
Whose beams shine mildly red?

6 No: 'tis the Saviour's smiling face,
That makes the heaven above;
And would we reach that happy place,
We here his name must love.

7 'Tis in his word that we are told
Of bliss beyond the sky,
And how to obtain a crown of gold,
All glorious, when we die.

8 Dear Jesus, may I now be thine,
And have my sins forgiv'n,
Along with saints and angels shine
With thee--for that is heav'n.

Text Information
First Line: O, what is heav'n? I want to know
Title: What is heaven?
Language: English
Publication Date: 1855
Notes: Dialogue between Gertrude and Herbert.
Tune Information
Name: [O, what is heav'n? I want to know]
Key: D Major
Source: German Melody

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