Both Eliza Hewitt and Emily Wilson the wife of the Methodist District Superintendent of Philadelphia, attended regularly the Methodist camp meetings of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. They worked together on this hymn from their common interest of reaching children with the gospel. Eliza worked on the poem and Emily worked on the tune which was called “Heaven.”
Eliza Hewitt, who wrote the poem of this hymn, was a school teacher in Philadelphia. Being a Christian worker devoted to reaching children in Sunday Schools, she wrote her poems with the hope of reaching and teaching children the gospel.
The hymn was first published in 1898 in the song book Pentecostal Praises.
The poem was then published in 1898.
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, sing His mercy and His grace; in the mansions bright and blessed He’ll prepare for us a place.
While we walk the pilgrim pathway clouds will over-spread the sky; but when trav’ling days are over not a shadow, not a sigh.
Let us then be true and faithful, trusting, serving ev’ry day; just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay.
Onward to the prize before us! Soon His beauty we’ll behold; soon the pearly gates will open—We shall tread the streets of gold.
When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.
J. Stephen Lang, 1,001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Angels, Demons, and the Afterlife (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2000), No. 663.
Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymns Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1996), p. 100.
William J. Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal (Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1976), p. 194.