by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Over the river
Language: English 
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."


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-25
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Word count: 192