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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

The Call of the Homeland

Afar seems the homeland and faint comes its call

Author: Annie Lewis Pinfold
Tune: [Afar seems the Homeland and faint comes its call]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Afar seems the Homeland and faint comes its call
When over the pilgrim the wild surges roll;
Yet visions of glory oft shine over all
And whisper of hope to the storm-beaten soul.

After our night of sorrow
Cometh Eternity’s morrow;
After the turmoil of sin and strife,
Peace and the bliss of immortal life.
Ever the day draws nearer,
Ever the promise grows dearer;
After the shadows of earth are past
We’ll reach the dear Homeland at last.

2 Strange echoes float ‘round us amid the wild gale,
The strains of an anthem that rings wild and high;
And ever the joy-notes with rapture we hail,
The song of the ransomed we’ll swell by and by. [Chorus]

3 We rest in the hollow of God’s mighty hand;
Secure in His love we have nothing to fear;
For tempest and sunshine obey His command,
His voice in the darkness will bring us good cheer. [Chorus]

Source: Kingdom Songs: for use in the Sunday School, the young people's meeting, the devotional service #51

Author: Annie Lewis Pinfold

Annie L. Pinfold was born in Windsor, England in 1870. She later lived in a small town near the border of Maine and New Hampshire.She started writing short stories for Sunday school publications but then started writing hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Afar seems the homeland and faint comes its call
Title: The Call of the Homeland
Author: Annie Lewis Pinfold
Refrain First Line: Afar our night of sorrow



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)
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Kingdom Songs #51

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The Church School Hymnal #237

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