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One By One

Gathering homeward from every land

Author: Mary E. Leslie
Tune: [Gathering homeward from every land] (Barrows)
Published in 19 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Gathering homeward from every land,
Gathering one by one;
Pilgrims are joining the heavenly band,
Gathering one by one;
Their brows are enclosed in golden crowns,
Their travel-stained robes are all laid down,
Gathering homeward from every land,
Gathering one by one.

Home, home, sweet, sweet home,
Home, home, Sweet, sweet home;
Home, home, sweet, sweet home;
Home, home, sweet, sweet home.

2 Loved ones have gone to that distant shore,
Gathering one by one;
Others are going forevermore,
Gathering one by one;
Our sisters so gentle, our brothers so brave,
The beautiful children o'er the wave,
Gathering homeward from every land,
Gathering one by one. [Refrain]

3 We, too, shall come to the riverside,
Gathering one by one;
Nearer its waters each even-tide,
Gathering one by one;
O Jesus, our fainting strength uphold,
The waves of that river are dark and cold;
Gathering homeward from every land,
Gathering one by one. [Refrain]

4 Jesus, Redeemer, be thou our stay!
Gathering one by one;
Cross the dark river with us, we pray,
Gathering one by one;
Then boldly we'll come to Jordan's side,
And fearlessly breast its swelling tide,
Gathering homeward from every land,
Gathering one by one. [Refrain]

Source: The Christian Sunday School Hymnal: a compilation of choice hymns and tunes for Sunday schools #88

Author: Mary E. Leslie

Leslie, Mary Eliza, is daughter of Andrew Leslie, for many years Baptist missionary in Calcutta, was born at Monghyr, Jan. 13, 1831, became a member of her father's church, and having received a superior education, was for eight years Superintendent of an Institution for the education of Hindoo young ladies. Since 1877 Miss Leslie has been engaged in various kinds of philanthropic work in Calcutta. Her publications include:— (1) Ina and Other Poems, 1852. (2) Sorrows and Aspirations, 1858. (3) Heart Echoes from the East; or Sacred Lyrics and Sonnets (London, Nisbet, 1861). (4) The Dawn of Light; a Story for Hindoo Women, 1867. (5) Eastern Blossoms; a Story for native Christian Women, 1875. (6) A Child of the Day, 1882. In the Heart Ec… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Gathering homeward from every land
Title: One By One
Author: Mary E. Leslie
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Gathering one by one
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)

Brightest and Best #d43

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Bible Schools #d46

Hymns for the Use of the Sunday School of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Jersey City #d38

Jewel Selections #d41

Popular Hymns No. 3 #d34

Popular Hymns, revised #203

Song-Flowers #d27

Sunday School Songs. 3rd ed. #d36

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Sunday-School Songs #42

The Alleluia #d65

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The Alleluia #106

The Centennial Hymnal #d96

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The Christian Sunday School Hymnal #88

The Dominion Hymnal #228

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The Gospel in Song #12

The Starry Crown of Sunday School Melodies #d24

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The Sunday School Hymnal #35

The Wave of Sunday School Song #d22

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The Wreath of Gems #100

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