Scripture Verse

Ye shall be gathered one by one. Isaiah 27:12


Words: An­nie E. Dunn, in Bright Gems (York, Penn­syl­van­ia: Cri­der & Bro­ther, 1881), num­ber 52.

Music: Chang­sha Sam­uel B. El­len­ber­ger, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Dunn’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her or El­len­ber­ger (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


One by one the ties are sundered—
Ties that make the earth so dear;
Loves that bind us to each other
One by one are riven here;
But by and by they’ll, one by one, be
Linked again before the throne.

One by one as friends we’re severed,
Sundered far by miles and years;
Bitter partings must be spoken,
Causing flow of floods of tears;
But by and by we’ll, one by one,
Meet again before the throne.

Yes, we’ll meet no more to sever,
Never more to say farewell;
None shall part us then forever;
Then again our thoughts we’ll tell
When we’re gathered, one by one,
Safe at home before the throne.