375. Shall We Gather at the River

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1 Shall we gather at the river,
where bright angel feet have trod,
with its crystal tide forever
flowing by the throne of God?

Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
the beautiful, the beautiful river;
gather with the saints at the river
that flows by the throne of God.

2 On the margin of the river,
washing up its silver spray,
we will walk and worship ever,
all the happy golden day. [Refrain]

3 Ere we reach the shining river,
lay we every burden down;
grace our spirits will deliver,
and provide a robe and crown. [Refrain]

4 Soon we’ll reach the shining river;
soon our pilgrimage will cease;
soon our happy hearts will quiver
with the melody of peace. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Shall we gather at the river
Title: Shall We Gather at the River
Author: Robert Lowry (1864)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: with refrain
Scripture: Psalm 46:4; Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 61:10; Jeremiah 31:12; Ezekiel 47:1-12; Joel 3:18; John 7:37-38; 2 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 11:9; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10; Revelation 7:13-17; Revelation 22:1-5
Topic: Death; Eternal Life; Funeral (1 more...)
Refrain First Line: Yes, we'll gather at the river
Tune Information
Composer: Robert Lowry (1864)
Meter: with refrain
Key: D Major

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A Baptist pastor wrote this hymn while seated at his parlor organ. Created as an alternative to gloomy “river of death” hymns, it is a celebration of the “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1 KJV).

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