On the banks, On the banks beyond the stream Where the fields are always green, There's no night, There's no night but an endless day; There is where the angels stay. There's no sorrow, pain, nor fear; There's no parting farewell tear; There's no cloud, There's no cloud, no darkness there; All is bright, and clear, and fair. Fadeless flowers of beauty there Trees of life with foliage rare, Fruits the most inviting grow, There is where I want to go. Hark! I hear the angels sing; Heavenly harpers, on the wing, Throng the air, and bid me rise To the music of the skies. Soon from earth I'll soar away To the realms of endless day; Soon I'll join the ransomed throng, And sing with them redemption's song: Pearly gates stand open wide, Just beyond death's chilling tide; There my mansion bright I see; There the angels wait for me. Earthly homes, adieu, adieu! Earthly friends, farewell to you! Softly breathe your last good-bye! Jesus calls me, let me die: Hallelujah! Christ has come! Hallelujah! I'm near home: Friends and loved ones, weep no more "Meet me on the other shore."
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author ( H. C. )  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "Over the river", published 1863. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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