Scripture Verse

He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14


Words: At­trib­ut­ed to D. Mer­ritt Ca­sey in The Harp of Glo­ry, ed­it­ed by Will­iam T. Dale & H. A. R. Hor­ton (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: W. T. Dale, 1911), num­ber 103. How­ev­er, the lyr­ics al­so ap­pear in Songs of Love and Praise No. 3, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney, Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: John J. Hood, 1896), at­trib­ut­ed to D. K. W.

Music: C. D. Ov­er­ton, har­mo­nized by H. A. R. Hor­ton (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ca­sey, Ov­er­ton or Hor­ton’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


There’s a deep, tur­bid river,
Flowing on be­fore,
And its wa­ters are deep and wide;
But faith sees a light, yes, a bea­con bright,
Just down by the riv­er side.


There’s a light at the ri­ver,
A light at the ri­ver;
A light at the ri­ver I can see;
My Lord will stand and hold in His hand,
A light at the ri­ver for me.

O’er the dark, foam­ing wa­ters,
From the un­seen shore,
Angel bands in their beau­ty glide,
And will bear us away to the realms of day,
Into light on the oth­er side.


Many dear ones we’ve loved
Are from their homes re­moved,
Dipped their wings in the mys­tic tide;
They have passed o’er the deep,
Where they’ll ne’er more weep,
In the light on the oth­er side.


To this deep, end­less ri­ver
We must one day come,
And we’ll cross o’er its wa­ters wide;
How hap­py we’ll be, if by faith we see
The light on the oth­er side.