A Little While

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1 A little while and then our weary feet,
Will tread the shore where sorrow cannot dwell;
A little while and then to join the choirs,
Where songs of praise and triumph ever swell.

Earth frowns a while, then heaven smiles,
Trust on, O heart, 'tis but a little while.

2 A little while then raptured we shall stand,
With glad immortals mid a blood-washed throng;
A little while, earth's sorrows will be past,
And we shall chant the everlasting song. [Refrain]

3 A little while and then reunion sweet,
With loved ones who have journeyed on before;
A little while, their hands to clasp again,
No more to part upon that radiant shore. [Refrain]

Source: New Sacred Quartettes for Male, Female and Mixed Voices #35

Author: Will H. Ruebush

William Howe Ruebush (Will H. Ruebush) 1873-1956 Born: June 4, 1873, Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia. Died: October 6, 1956, Elk­ton, Vir­gin­ia. A vo­cal mu­sic teach­er ear­ly in his ca­reer, Rue­bush di­rect­ed an ar­my band in France in World War I. Af­ter the war, he led ma­ny ci­vil­ian or­ches­tras and bands, and taught at sev­er­al schools, in­clud­ing the Shen­an­do­ah Con­serv­a­to­ry of Mu­sic in Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia. He com­posed ma­ny marches, in­clud­ing The Stone­wall Bri­gade March, Shen­an­do­ah, and the Al­ma Ma­ter Song for Tu­lane Un­i­ver­si­ty. Rue­bush spent most of his life in Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia, where he be­came pre­si­dent of the Rue­bush-Kieff­er Pub­… Go to person page >

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First Line: A little while and then our weary feet
Title: A Little While
Author: Will H. Ruebush
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Earth frowns a while, then heaven smiles
Publication Date: 1914
Copyright: Public domain


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New Sacred Quartettes for Male, Female and Mixed Voices #35

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