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The Sunset Gate

I am traveling toward life's sunset gate

Author: Julia H. Johnston
Tune: [I am traveling tow'rd the sunset gate]
Published in 9 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I am trav’ling tow'rd life’s sunset gate,
I’m a pilgrim going home;
For the glow of eventide I wait,
I’m a pilgrim going home.

Evening bells I seem to hear
As the sunset gate draws near!
Evening bells I seem to hear
As the sunset gate draws near.

2 There is tranquil rest when day is done,
I shall lay me down in peace;
When the end is reached at set of sun,
I shall lay me down in peace. [Refrain]

3 By the side of those most near and dear,
I shall drop life’s toil and care;
When the Master’s tender voice I hear,
I shall drop life’s toil and care. [Refrain]

4 I shall rise again at morning dawn,
I shall put on glory then;
With the shadowy veil of death undrawn,
I shall put on glory then. [Refrain]

Source: Tabernacle Hymns: Number Four: a choice collection of hymns and songs for every religious use #75

Author: Julia H. Johnston

Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill. 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: I am traveling toward life's sunset gate
Title: The Sunset Gate
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Refrain First Line: Evening bells I seem to hear
Copyright: Public Domain



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