From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
In 1975, while a student at Southwestern Christian College (SWCC), Sylvia Rose Cobb started her ministry of writing gospel hymns to assist worship, and praise to Jehovah our God. During her sophomore year at SWCC, she was named the school’s first student director of the college chorus. After graduating with an associate degree from SWCC, she received a Ford Scholarship to Harding University. In 1977, Sylvia graduated from Harding with a degree in music. For three years, she taught music and directed the chorus at Harding. In 1980, she moved to Detroit, Michigan and decided to devote her life and time to writing religious hymns.
Since 1976, when she wrote her first hymn, “He’s My Everything,” Sylvia has written over 200 hymns to encourage Christians and to comfort those experiencing problems. Some of her most noted hymns are: “Restore My Soul,” “Holy Spirit Dwell In Me,” “God, You Been Good To Me,” “Jesus Will Wipe Away All Tears,” and “All My Trials.” Today, we shall explore the circumstance behind the writing of her most popular and famous hymn “A Mansion, Robe, and Crown.”
In 1985, she wrote the hymn, “A Mansion, Robe, and Crown.” This hymn was written as a special tribute to her father. Her father was a gospel preacher, and one day he asked her to write several hymns for his funeral. This hymn was one of those hymns written to honor his life for years of service in the kingdom of the Lord. Below are the first two stanzas and the chorus of the hymn.
I’m gonna trade my earthly home
For a better one, bright and fair
Christ left to prepare a mansion
For His Children in the air
I’ll join Him in that land
Where tears nor sorrows can be found.
And I’ll receive my mansion,
Robe, and crown.
The weather there is always fair,
There is sunshine day and night
No cold and no rain will fall there,
For the sun shines ever bright
I’ll need no heavy garments,
I’ll just wrap my robe around
When I received my mansion,
Robe, and crown.
Mansion, robe, and a crown
(Lord, I want a brand new mansion, robe, and crown in glory)
There love will always abound
(There I know that peace and love will always abound forever)
Let me Your throne surround
(Let me be among the saved to Your throne surround)
Lord, please reserve my mansion, robe, and crown
(And I’ll receive my mansion, robe, and crown.)
A mansion, robe, and crown are promised to every person who obeys the gospel of Christ and remains faithful until death (Rev. 2:10). Are yours reserved in Heaven?