The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise.@1 Thessalonians 4:16

Marcus L. Williams, in New Songs of Praise, edited by Alfred E. Helton et al. (Lenoir, North Carolina: Teachers’ Music Publishing, 1913), number 4 (🔊 pdf nwc). The book states Williams was living in Decatur, Mississippi, when this song was published. The song had this dedication: In memory of brother who died in the valley, near the river side, July, 1863.—M. L. W. The brother was apparently William Jackson Williams, who, with Marcus, was in Company D, Mississippi 39th Infantry Regiment.

It was down in the valley, and near the river side,
Where last I saw my brother ere he crossed the dark tide;
When the trumpet shall bid all the dead in Christ arise,
I shall meet my loved ones, and there’ll be no more goodbyes.

Refrain

We shall meet to part no more,
By and by on the blest shore;
We shall meet to part no more,
Meet our loved ones gone before.

It was down in the valley I wander in despair,
And angels seem to gather round me tenderly there;
It is down in the valley where weeping willows grow,
That I dream of home and loved ones in the long ago.

Refrain

In the valley so lonely I often kneel in prayer,
And Jesus helps me all my heavy burdens to bear;
When in silence the moments of life shall pass away,
I will journey onward to the realms of endless day.

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