Scripture Verse

Let the house of Thy servant be blessed for ever. 2 Samuel 7:29

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Win­ning Songs, by John Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1892).

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Only a little while, sowing and reaping,
Only a little while, our vigil keeping;
Then we shall gather home, no more to sever,
Clasped in eternal love, blest, blest forever.

Refrain

Blest, blest forever,
No more to sever,
Clasped in eternal love,
Blest, blest forever.

Only a little while, heartbreak and sorrow,
Dark though the night may be, cloudless the morrow;
Only a little while, Earth ties to sever,
Then in our Father land, blest, blest forever.

Refrain

Only a little while, shadow and sadness,
Then in eternity sunshine and gladness;
Only a little while, then o’er the river,
Home, rest and victor palm, life, joy forever.

Refrain