Life's Flowing River

Representative Text

1 Faintly flow, thou falling river,
Like a dream that dies away;
Down to ocean gliding ever,
Keep thy calm unruffled way;
Time, with such a silent motion,
Floats along on wings of air
To eternity’s dark ocean,
Bringing all its treasures there.

2 Roses bloom and then they wither,
Cheeks are bright then fades their glow;
Shapes of light are wafted hither
Then like visions, too, they go;
Quick as clouds at evening driven
O’er the many colored west,
Time is bearing us to heaven,
Home of happiness and rest.

3 Life is one pure, shining river
Flowing to the crystal sea;
We are sailing on it ever
To the vast eternity:
Swiftly on to home and heaven,
With the rushing, heaving tide,
Soon we’ll anchor and be given
Mansions where the saved abide.

Source: Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #38

Author: James G. Percival

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Text Information

First Line: Faintly flow, thou falling river
Title: Life's Flowing River
Author: James G. Percival
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


AUTUMN (Barthélemon)

This tune is adapted from Barthélemon's piece Durandarte and Belerma: A Pathetic Scotch Ballad (1797). Some editors describe AUTUMN as "adapted from Psalm xlii in the Genevan Psalter, 1551", referring to the similarity between this tune and FREU DICH SEHR.

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[Faintly flow, thou falling river]

[Faintly flow, thou gentle river]



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