Please give today to support during one of only two fund drives we run each year. Each month, Hymnary serves more than 1 million users from around the globe, thanks to the generous support of people like you, and we are so grateful. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made securely online using this link.

Alternatively, you may write a check to CCEL and mail it to:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

The Beautiful Hills

O the beautiful hills of the by and by

Author: John Henry Yates
Tune: [O the beautiful Hills of the By-and-By!]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O the Beautiful Hills of the By-and-By!
Thro’ faith I can trace their forms,
As they rest in the glow of that fadeless sky,
Unswept by earth’s chilling storms;
There the river of life floweth on so bright,
The beautiful Hills between;
And the saints all in white, with their crowns of light,
On the evergreen shores are seen.

O the Hills, the Hills, the Beautiful Hills,
Where the feet of the ransomed tread!
May I breathe the perfume in that land of bloom,
When time and its cares have fled.

2 On the Beautiful Hills of the By-and-By
Are friends I have lov’d so long;
And I fancy at times they are hov’ring nigh,
And singing redemption’s song;
Then my love flames anew, and my hopes grow bright,
And joy all my being thrills,
As I journey along thro’ the world’s dark night,
In the light from the Beautiful Hills. [Chorus]

3 O the Beautiful Hills of the By-and-By!
No valley of death between;
It is there that no tear ever dims the eye
That feasts on the rapturous scene;
And they need not the sun in that blissful clime;
The Lamb with His glory fills
All the mansions above, in that home of love,
On the Beautiful, Beautiful Hills. [Chorus]

Source: Gems of Song: for the Sunday School #262

Author: John Henry Yates

Rev. John H. Yates, was born in Batavia, N. Y., November 31, 1837. He was educated at the Batavia Union School, but at the age of eighteen was forced to engage in business as a clerk to help maintain his aged parents. For several years he was with his brother, Thomas Yates, in the shoe business; afterwards, for seven years, salesman in G. B. Worthington's hardware store. In 1871 he took charge of the fancy goods department in E. L. & G. D. Kenyon's double store and remained there fifteen years. In 1886 he was called to be local editor of the Progressive Batavian, and filled the position nearly ten years. When twenty-one years of age Mr. Yates was licensed to preach in the Methodist church, but was not ordained until 1897. For nearly seven y… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O the beautiful hills of the by and by
Title: The Beautiful Hills
Author: John Henry Yates
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O the hills, the hills, the beautiful hills
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
TextAudioPage Scan

Gems of Song #262

Page Scan

Male Chorus No. 2 #61

Page Scan

Royal Hymnal #210

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us