God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.@Revelation 7:17
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Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby, 1894.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The Shipwreck
Ferdinand Hofbauer (1801-1864)

Steer our bark away to the homeland,
Spread the sails of hope o’er the sea;
Think of all the friends that await us,
When anchored safely there we shall be.

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Gathering out of tears into sunshine,
Gathering out of labor into rest;
Hear the ransomed throng
Shouting forth their joy in song,
Gathering to the mansions of the blest.

Steer our bark away to the homeland,
On without a fear let us go;
When the port of peace we are nearing,
The blessèd harbor lights we shall know.

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Bright and fair the hills of the homeland,
Clad in all the bloom of the spring;
There to Him who loved and redeemed us,
Our joyful, joyful praise we will sing.

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Soft the winds that blow from the homeland,
Sweet the morn that breaks on the shore;
Soon we’ll meet again our beloved ones,
Where sorrow’s plaintive moan comes no more.

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