J.D. Crowe - The Model Church lyrics
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1. Well, wife, I've found the mod-el church, And worshipp'd there to-
-day: It made me think of good old times, Be-fore my hair was
gray, The meeting house was fin-er built, Than they were years ago, But then I found when I went in, It was not built for show.
2. The sex-ton did not set me down, A-way back by the
door: He knew that I was old and deaf, And saw that I was
poor, He must have been a christian man, He led me bold-ly
thro' The long aisle of that crowded church, To find a pleas-ant pew.
3. I wish you'd heard the sing-ing wife, It had the old-time
ring: Ther Preach-er said with trum-pet voice, Let all the peo-ple
sing, "Old Cor-o-na-tion" was the tune, The mu-sic up-ward
roll'd, Till I tho't I heard the angel-choir Strike all the harps of gold
4. My deafness seemed to melt away,
My spirit caught the fire:
I joined my feeble, trembling voice,
With that melodious choir:
And sang, as in my youthful days,
"Let angel's prostrate fall:
Bring forth the roy-al di-a-dem,
And crown him Lord of all.
5. I tell you, wife, it did me good
To sing that humn once more"
I felt like some wrecked mariner
Who gets a glimpse of shore.
I almost want to lay aside
This weather-beaten form,
And anchor in the blessed port,
Forever from the storm.
6. "Twas not a flowery semon, wife,
But simple gospel truth:
It fitted humble men like me:
It suited hopeful youth,
To win immortal souls to Christ,
The earnest preacher tried:
He talked not of himself, or creed,
But Jesus crucified.
7. Dear wife, the toil will soon be o'er
The victory soon be won,
The shining land is just ahead,
Our race is nearly run,
We're nearing Canaan's "Happy Shore"
Our home so bright and fair:
Thank God, we'll never sin again:
There'll be no sorrow there: There'll
be no sorrow there: In heaven
a-bove where all is love
There'll be no sorrow there.
Page No. 158 John Yates, E.O.Excell Copyright, 1884
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