If we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.@Romans 8:25

John F. Mayfield, 1911 (🔊 pdf nwc).

I am waiting by the river
For the message to come o’er,
To the land of bliss eternal
Over on the other shore;
There I’ll sing the praise of Jesus,
And God’s holy name adore,
With the saints and holy angels
Round the throne forevermore.

Refrain

Yes, I’m waiting by the river,
I am waiting to cross o’er
To that land of bliss eternal
Where I’ll sing the praise
Of Jesus evermore.

I am waiting by the river
And I hear the splashing oar
Of the boatman who is coming
To conduct me to that shore;
Where they never know a sorrow,
Neither sickness, pain or woe,
But with Christ, the blessèd Savior,
I shall live forevermore.

Refrain

I am waiting by the river
And I’m longing now to go
To that land where earthly sorrows
I will never, never know;
There I hope to share God’s glory,
With the saved upon that shore,
Who surround the throne of mercy,
And the Savior there adore.

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