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?

Refrain:
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: 8.7.8.7 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
Name: HANSON PLACE
Composer: Robert Lowry (1864)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 with refrain
Key: D Major


Text Information:

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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