For ever with the Lord

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1 Forever with the Lord!
Amen! so let it be.
Life from the dead is in that word,
'Tis immortality.

2 Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him, I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer home.

3 My Father's house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith's foreseeing eye
Thy golden gates appear!

4 Ah, then my spirit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright inheritance of saints,
Jerusalem above!

5 Forever with the Lord!
O Father, 'tis Thy will.
The promise of that faithful word
E'en here to me fulfil.

6 Be Thou at my right hand,
Then can I never fail.
Uphold Thou me, and I shall stand;
Fight Thou, and I'll prevail.

7 So when my dying breath
Shall set my spirit free,
By death I shall escape from death
To endless life with Thee.

8 Knowing as I am known;
How shall I love that word
And oft repeat before the throne,
"Forever with the Lord!"



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #552

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Forever with the Lord! Amen, so let it be
Title: For ever with the Lord
Author: James Montgomery (1835)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

For ever with the Lord. J. Montgomery. [Heaven anticipated.] First published in The Amethyst, an annual, in 1835, and again in the author's Poet’s Portfolio, in the same year, p. 233, in 22 stanzas of 4 lines, unequally divided into two parts, and headed, "At Home in Heaven, 1 Thess. iv. 17." It was repeated in his Poetical Works, 1841, p. 267; and in his Original Hymns, 1853, p. 231. In this last the second stanza of pt. ii. is omitted. Numerous centos from this hymn are in common use, all except four beginning with stanza i., but varying in length and arrangement. In America especially these centos have attained great popularity. The cento "Beneath the star-lit arch," in Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855, is composed of stanzas vii., xii., xiii. and xxi. slightly altered. In Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840 and 1873, there are also two centos from this hymn: (1) “In darkness as in light"; and (2) "My Father's house on high," and in the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, U.S.A., 1867, a third, (3) “My thirsty spirit faints." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

NEARER HOME (Woodbury)


SCHUMANN (51567)

SCHUMANN is one of many hymn tunes arranged by Lowell Mason (PHH 96). He first published the arrangement in Cantica Laudis (1850), a collection he edited with George J. Webb (PHH 559). First called WHITE, the tune was marked "Arr. from Schumann" and was thus ascribed to the German composer Robert A.…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #231

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #231

A Book of Worship for the Use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church ... of the Church of the Redeemer, Richmond, Virginia #d32

A Collection of Choral Hymns for the ... Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Congregation #d41

A Collection of Evergreen Hymns, for All the People. New ed. #d39

A Collection of Familiar and Original Hymns and Tunes #d24

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A Collection of Familiar and Original Hymns with New Meanings. 2nd ed. #24

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A Collection of Hymns #415

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A Handy Book of Old and Familiar Hymns #191

A New Book of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal and Other Churches #d68

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d136

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #946

A. M. E. C. Hymnal #467

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #511

Alexander's Hymns No. 2: Songs of Evangelism (Canadian Ed.) #157

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #529

Baptist Songs with Music #d50

Book of Common Praise #d128

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d65

Book of Hymns for the joint Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other states #d64

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #588

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #604

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Bright Gems: for Sabbath-schools, prayer-meetings, services of song, etc. #118

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d236

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Calvary Songs #156c

Calvary Songs for Sunday School & Families. Words ed. #d40

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #674

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Carmina Sanctorum: a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #674

Chapel Hymns #d150

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Children's Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #141

Choice Hymns of the Faith #d83

Christ in Song #d138

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Christian Chorals, for the Chapel and Fireside #226

Christian Hymnal #d111

Christian Hymns to be used by the Children of God. 2nd ed. #d55

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Christian Hymns: for church, school and home: with music #113

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Christian Praise: a manual of worship for public, social and private devotion #598

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Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for public worship #246

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Christian Praise: hymns and tunes for the use of the Baptist churches #246

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Christian Songs: for the Sunday School #289

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #213

Church and University Hymns #d49

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Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #585

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Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #585

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Church Hymnal #504

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Church Hymnal for Lutheran Services #23

Church Hymnal, Fourth Edition #578

Church Hymnal, Mennonite: a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs ... 1st ed. [with Deutscher Anhang] #621

Church Hymnal, Mennonite: a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 7th ed. #d135

Church Hymnal, Third Edition #570

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Church Hymns and Tunes #498a

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Church Hymns and Tunes #498b

Church Hymns and Tunes for use in Baptist Churches #d129

Church Hymns with Tunes #363

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Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #402

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #104

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Common Praise: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #526

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #520a

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #520b

Companion of Praise for the Sunday School, Family and Prayer Meeting #d55

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d188

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Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #180

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Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #243

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Devotional hymns: selected for public and social worship #S217

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #389

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #567

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #552

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d80

Faith Hymns #d32

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Faith Hymns (New ed.) #176

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Familiar Hymns for Social Meetings #110

Familiar Hymns with Music, New and Old, a Companion #d16

Family and Social Melodies #d94

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Favorite Gospel Songs #176

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Favorite Hymns: in their original form #L

Fellowship Hymns #d69

Free Methodist Hymnal #d157

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