Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.@Psalm 23:4

Author unknown. These words were in print by the early 19th Century, appearing in Zion’s Songster, edited by Thomas Mason (New York: 1827).

Christmas Island J. C. Burkett, in The Crowning Day, edited by James H. Ruebush, Jacob H. Hall & Aldine S. Kieffer (Dayton, Virginia: Ruebush Kieffer, 1894), number 11 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Death shall not destroy my comfort,
Christ shall guide me thro’ the gloom;
Down He’ll send some angel convoy
To convey my spirit home.

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Soon with angels I’ll be marching
With bright glory on my brow;
Who will share my blissful portion,
Who will love my Savior now?

Jordan’s streams shall not o’erflow me,
While my Savior’s by my side;
Canaan, Canaan lies before me,
Rise and cross the swelling tide.

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Smiling angels now surround me,
Troops resplendent in the skies;
Glory shining all around me
While my happy spirit flies.

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Jesus, clad in dazzling splendor,
Now, methinks, appears in view!
Brethren, could you see my Jesus,
You would love and serve Him, too.

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