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Life's Railway To Heaven
by M.E. Abbey and Charlie D. Tilman

"Some fifty years ago [1890], here in Atlanta, an old Baptist preacher (M.E. Abbey) came to me with a poem. I took the poem to my room, placed it on the organ in front of me. The melody came quickly. We dedicated it to railroad men everywhere." —Charles Tillman

Life's Railway To Heaven

Life is like a mountain railroad with an engineer that's brave
We must make the run successful from the cradle to the grave
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels; never falter, never quail
Keep your hand upon the throttle and your eye upon the rail.

Blessed Savior, Thou will guide us, till we reach that blissful shore
Where the angels wait to join us in Thy grace forever more.

You will roll up grades of trial, you will cross the bridge of strife
See that Christ is your conductor on this lightening train of life
Always mindful of obstruction, do your duty, never fail
Keep your hand upon the throttle and your eye upon the rail.

You will often find obstructions, look for storms and wind and rain
On a fill or curve or trestle they will almost ditch your train
Put your trust alone in Jesus; never falter, never fail
Keep your hand upon the throttle and your eyes upon the rail.

As you roll across the trestle, spanning Jordan's swelling tide
You behold the Union Depot into which your train will glide
There you'll meet the superintendent, God the Father, God the Son
With the hearty, joyous plaudit, "Weary pilgrim, welcome home!"

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