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We Gather Here to Bid Farewell

Full Text

1 We gather here to bid farewell
To friends who leave for other parts;
Our prayers we pledge, our love we tell,
And lift to God our grateful hearts.

2 We bless the hand that brought you here
And richly blest us all in you:
As now you leave for wider sphere
God's covenant mercies we review.

3 In friendship's bonds our souls unite
In prayer and praise and holy vow:
To God's great heart of love and light
Your kin in Christ commit you now.

4 God guide you, keep you, lead you on
From hope to hope, from strength to strength,
Until, in God's all glorious dawn,
We meet before the throne at length.

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Author: Edith Margaret Clarkson

Margaret Clarkson, whose rarely-used first name is Edith, was born in 1915 into, as Margaret herself described, “a loveless and unhappy marriage” which broke up when she was twelve. The memories of her childhood were of tension, fear, insecurity, and isolation. Margaret was born in Melville, Saskatchewan where she lived until her parents, Frederick and Ethel, and the family moved to Toronto when she was around age four. Throughout her life, she was plagued by pain; initially from migraines, accompanied by convulsive vomiting, and then arthritis—two ailments that accompanied her continually. In Destined for Glory, she related sadly that her mother told her that her first words were “my head hurts.” At age three Margaret, or Ma… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We gather here to bid farewell
Title: We Gather Here to Bid Farewell
Author: Edith Margaret Clarkson (1987)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 1987 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Tune

WINCHESTER NEW

The original version of WINCHESTER NEW appeared in Musikalisches Handbuch der geistlichen Melodien, published in Hamburg, Germany, in 1690 by Georg Wittwe. It was set to the text “Wer nur den lieben Gott” (see 446). An expanded version of the tune was a setting for "Dir, dir Jehova" (see 203) in…

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Instances

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Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #444TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #558TextPage Scan



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