Before us lies a valley dim

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1. Before us lies a valley dim,
Which soon our feet may tread,
And through it rolls a sullen stream,
The river of the dead.

Chorus:
We are almost down to the river side,
Soon shall our wand'rings cease;
If Jesus Himself will be our guide,
We shall walk thro' the valley in peace.

2. Tho' dark the vale and cold the stream
It cannot us affright,
For Christ hath passed thro' the valley dim,
To the home of joy and light. [Chorus]

3. Tho' death's dark shades around may be,
My Shepherd still is near,
His rod and staff they comfort me;
No evil shall I fear. [Chorus]

4. Baptized beneath death's chilling flood,
In glory we shall rise,
To meet the conquering Son of God
Descending from the skies. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #119

Author: Horace L. Hastings

Hastings, Horace Lorenzo, was born at Blandford, Mass., Nov. 26, 1831; commenced writing hymns, and preaching, in his 17th year, and laboured as an evangelist in various parts of the U. S. In 1866 he established The Christian, a monthly paper, in which many of his hymns have appeared, and in 1865 the Scriptural Tract Repository in Boston. He published Social Hymns, Original and Selected, Boston, 1865; Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part i., 1880; and in August, 1886, the same completed, to tho extent of 1533 hymns, 450 of which are original and signed "H." The best known of these is "Shall we meet beyond the river," written in N. Y. city, 1858, and lately published as a leaflet in 14 stanzas of 8 lines. The text i… Go to person page >

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First Line: Before us lies a valley dim
Author: Horace L. Hastings
Refrain First Line: We're [We are] almost down to the river side

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Gathered Jewels: a collection of Sunday School hymns and tunes by a selected corps of authors of great prominence; this book contains a department of christian heart songs especially prepared for youn #10Page Scan
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #499Page Scan
The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d54
The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #119TextPage Scan
The Gospel Praise Book #d44
The Saints' Harp #d107



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