Poems - He Looked For A City

The version published in Anchored to Infinity has a different chorus; it can be found at the end of the poem on this page.

The Pilgrim

Verse 1
He looked for a city and lived in a tent,
A pilgrim to glory right onward he went;
God’s promise his solace, so royal his birth,
No wonder he sought not the glories of earth.

City! O city fair!
God’s dwelling with man to eternity is there.

Verse 2
He looked for a city, his God should prepare;
No mansion on earth could he covet of share,
For had not God told him, that royal abode
Awaited His pilgrims on ending the road.

Verse 3
He looked for a city; if sometimes he sighed
To be trudging the road, all earth’s glory denied,
The thought of that city changed sighing to song,
For the road might be rough, but it could not be long.

Verse 4
He looked for a city, his goal, Lord, we share
And know that bright city, which Thou dost prepare,
Is ever our portion, since willing to be
Just pilgrims with Jesus, our roof a tent tree.

Alternate Chorus

Home! Home! Sweet, Sweet Home,
A welcome from Jesus awaits us at Home.

Meter: with chorus

  • Songs and Hymns of Life:
  • Hymns: 974
  • Christ in Song: 857 with alternate chorus
  • Hymns for the Little Flock:

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