Over Yonder Lyrics
Come let us sing of homeland,
Down by the crystal sea;
Wonderful land where Jesus
Buildeth a mansion for me.
Down by the crystal sea,
There’s where I long to be;
No more sorrow, toil, grief, nor care,
In that homeland bright and fair,
Over, over there.
There is a wondrous city,
Streets of transparent gold;
Not half its glorious beauty
Has e’er to mortals been told.
Water of life there floweth,
Fruit in abundant store;
Citizens of that country
Hunger and thirst nevermore.
Come go with me to homeland,
Jesus invites you there;
Help spread the invitation,
Tell it to men everywhere.
Over Yonder Hymn Story
Over Yonder is a hymn that was composed Henry de Fluiter in 1918. It is based on Revelation 21:4.
The verse says, “4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
It is a song that gives us hope that no matter what we go through we can look forward to that city God is preparing for us. In that city we will say goodbye to tears, sorrows, pain, and all ills that bedevil us now.
That should be the prayer of us all and when singing this song, let the words of scripture sink in.
Henry de Fluiter was born on 29th August 1872 in Hilversum, Holland. He later emigrated with his family to the United States and settled in Ohio.
His zeal for composing music was kindled by attending Dwight Moody’s evangelistic series and listening to the singing of Ira D Sankey.
In one of those meetings Ira D Sankey asked the crowd to join him in singing the old favorite, Bringing in the Sheaves. And with Henry joining the congregation to sing this beautiful song.
Later in life he was to say, “And that is when I decided that I wanted to make people sing beautiful gospel music, just like Mr. Sankey did that day.”
Later in life he converted to become a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Two of his songs are included in the official hymn of that church.
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