I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.@Matthew 28:20

Jer­e­mi­ah E. Rank­in, in Gos­pel Bells, com­piled by Rank­in, John W. Bisch­off & Otis Pres­brey (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: West­ern Sun­day School Pub­lish­ing, 1880).

God Be with You Will­iam G. To­mer, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc). At the time, To­mer was mu­sic di­rec­tor at Grace Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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Jeremiah E. Rankin (1828–1904)

Written…as a Chris­tian good-bye, it was called forth by no per­son or oc­ca­sion, but was de­lib­er­ate­ly com­posed as a Chris­tian hymn on the ba­sis of the ety­mol­o­gy of good-bye, which is God be with you. The first stan­za was writ­ten and sent to two com­pos­ers—one of un­u­su­al note, the other whol­ly un­known and not tho­rough­ly ed­u­cat­ed in mu­sic. I se­lect­ed the com­po­si­tion of the lat­ter, sub­mit­ted it to J. W. Bisch­off—the mu­sic­al di­rec­tor of a lit­tle book we were pre­par­ing—who app­roved of it, but made some cri­ti­cisms, which were adopt­ed.

It was sung for the first time one ev­en­ing in the First Cong­re­ga­tion­al Church in Wash­ing­ton, of which I was then the pas­tor and Mr. Bisch­off the org­an­ist. I at­trib­ut­ed its pop­u­lar­i­ty in no lit­tle part to the mu­sic to which it was set. It was a wed­ding of words and mu­sic, at which it was my func­tion to pre­side; but Mr. Tom­er should have his full share of the fam­i­ly hon­or.

Sankey, p. 144

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
With the oil of joy anoint you;
Sacred ministries appoint you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
When life’s perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Of His promises remind you;
For life’s upper garner bind you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Sicknesses and sorrows taking,
Never leaving or forsaking;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
Strike death’s threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Ended when for you earth’s story,
Israel’s chariot sweep to glory;
God be with you till we meet again.

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