Scripture Verse

He [shall] send His angels, and shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:27

Introduction

illustration
The Cowboy
Frederic Remington, 1902

Words: C. W. By­ron, 1900. Ar­ranged by James E. Tho­mas in New Ho­san­nas, by Tho­mas et al. (Fort Worth, Tex­as: Quar­tet Mu­sic, 1906), num­ber 84.

Music: Wal­ter L. Rose (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know By­ron’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Rose (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Tho­mas, would you ?

portrait
James E. Thomas
(1860–1946)

Lyrics

The song was cap­tioned Ded­i­cat­ed to the Cow­boys of Tex­as. Though ob­vious­ly not in­tend­ed for a tra­di­tion­al wor­ship ser­vice, it is an apt an­a­lo­gy for the an­gels’ pro­phe­sied ga­ther­ing of be­liev­ers at the end of the age. The term round up re­fers to the pro­cess of col­lect­ing live­stock for brand­ing, ship­ping to mar­ket, etc. In a par­al­lel to the seals on be­liev­ers’ fore­heads (Re­ve­la­tion 7:3), an­i­mal brands are a per­ma­nent, in­del­i­ble sign of ow­ner­ship.

I’ve been thinking today
As my thoughts began to stray;
Your memory to me’s worth more than gold;
As you ride upon the plain
Midst the sunshine and the rain,
You’ll be rounded up within the Master’s fold.

Refrain

We’ll be rounded up in glory by and by;
We’ll be rounded up in glory by and by;
When the milling time is o’er,
And we stampede no more,
We’ll be rounded up in glory by and by.

Refrain

May we lift our voices high
Till the glorious by and by,
And be known by all thro’ God’s own brand of love;
For His property we are,
And He’ll know us from afar,
And will round us up in glory by and by.

Refrain

As we look upon the plain
To the cowboys who have fain
While the raging storm and lightning flashes by;
We will meet to part no more
On that happy golden shore
When we’re rounded up in glory by and by.

Refrain