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At the river

Language: English

Shall we gather [by]1 the river,
Where bright [angel's]2 feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?

Yes, we'll gather [by]1 the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
[Gather with the saints by the river]3
That flows by the throne of God.

Ere we reach the shining river
Lay we every burden down,
Praise our spirits will deliver
And provide our robe and crown.

Yes, we'll gather at the river.
The beautiful, the beautiful, river.
Gather with the saints at the river,
That flows by the throne of God.

Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Yes, we'll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Translation(s): CHI
C. Ives sets stanzas 1-2
A. Copland sets stanzas 1-2, 5-6

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Ives: "at"
2 Ives: "angel"
3 Ives repeats the first (modified) line of the stanza instead of this line.
The setting by Ives ends with an additional line: "Shall we gather? Shall we gather at the river?"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "在河邊 ", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-09-19.

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