Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: E. C. Howe, in Songs of Free Grace, by Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; and St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: Cran­ston & Stowe, 1883), num­ber 35, alt.

Music: Phrae Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Howe’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Daniel B. Towner
1850–1919

Lyrics

We shall meet our friends departed,
Though we left them long ago
To their lone and dreamless slumbers,
In the silent dust below;
We shall meet them, O how glorious!
When this weary life is o’er,
In those bright, celestial regions,
Blest and happy evermore.

Refrain

We shall meet, yes, we shall meet them,
When our journeyings are o’er,
We shall meet them, Hallelujah!
On that bright and shining shore.

We shall meet our friends departed,
Who the promised land have won,
Shining as the stars of Heaven,
Round the everlasting throne;
Onward, every soul, to duty
Scatter wide the shades of gloom,
All of life is in the future,
Life is bliss beyond the tomb.

Refrain

We shall meet our friends departed,
Clothed in robes of heav’nly white,
And with sainted voices greet them
In a land of life and light;
Lift no voice of grief or sorrow,
That they molder in the dust;
We shall meet them on the morrow
At the rising of the just.

Refrain