Scripture Verse

Caught up together…in the clouds. 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Introduction

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William S. Nickle
1853–1914

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Jack C. Ad­die (1864–?) in One Hun­dred Fa­vo­rite Songs and Music of the Sal­va­tion Ar­my, by Fred­er­ick Booth-Tuck­er (New York: Sal­va­tion Ar­my Pub­lishi­ng House, 1899), num­ber 144. Oth­er sourc­es cre­dit Je­rome Mc­Cau­ley.

Music: Saratov, ar­ranged by Will­iam S. Nick­le, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mc­Cau­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

In a lonely churchyard, many miles away,
Lies your dear old mother, ’neath the cold, cold clay;
Mem’ries oft returning of her tears and sighs,
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

Refrain

Listen to her pleading, Wand’ring boy, come home,
Lovingly, entreating, do not longer roam;
Let your manhood waken, heav’nward lift your eyes;
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

Now the old home, vacant, has no charms for you;
One dear form is absent, mother, kind and true;
Evermore she dwells where pleasure ne­ver dies,
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

Refrain

Now in true repentance to the Sav­ior flee,
He who pardoned mother, mercy has for thee;
Now He waits to comfort, He will not despise,
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

Refrain