We will keep a bright lookout, That we do not go astray; We will keep a bright lookout, Night and day; Tho' we are a youthful band, We will work with heart and hand, Till we gain the starry land, Far away. Chorus: We'll all be happy, All be happy, Happy in the land far away. We will keep a bright lookout, While upon the earth we stay, We will keep a bright lookout Night and day; O! our hearts are stout and strong, And we'll seek to conquer wrong, Till we sing the victor's song, Far away. We will keep a bright lookout, Jesus will our care repay; We will keep a bright lookout Night and day; We will steadily push on Till our labor here is done, And the heavenly crown is won, Far away. We will keep a bright lookout, And our Saviour's word obey, We will keep a bright lookout, Night and day. If we strive to do our best, God will take us to his breast, And his peaceful home of rest, Far away.
- by George Cooper (1840 - 1927) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "We will keep a bright lookout", published 1863. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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