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Mansion Over the Hilltop

 I’m satisfied with just a cottage below,
A little silver and a little gold;
But in that city where the ransomed will shine,
I want a gold one that’s silver-lined.

I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop,
In that bright land where we’ll never grow old;
And someday yonder we will never more wander,
But walk the streets that are purest gold.

Tho’ often tempted, tormented and tested
And, like the prophet, my pillow a stone,
And tho’ I find here no permanent dwelling,
I know He’ll give me a mansion my own.

Don’t think me poor or deserted or lonely,
I’m not discouraged, I’m heaven bound;
I’m just a pilgrim in search of a city,
I want a mansion, a harp and a crown.

Ira Forest Stanphill was born this date, 2/14/1914, at Bell­view, New Mex­i­co. (Bellview is just across the Texas line in the upper half of NM.)  He is reported to be able to play the pi­a­no, or­gan, ac­cor­di­on, and uku­le­le by the time he was ten.  He later was a minister and song writer.  He died 12/30, 1993, at Over­land Park, Kan­sas. 

The following are some of his better known songs:

Happiness Is the Lord

He Came to Me

He Washed My Eyes with Tears

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Jesus and Me

Mansion over the Hilltop

Room at the Cross for You


Time and Time Again


We’ll Talk It Over

You Can Have a Song in Your Heart

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