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I am waiting by the river, And my heart has waited long

I am waiting by the river, And my heart has waited long

Author: William Cushing
Tune: [I am waiting by the river] (Hastings)
Published in 49 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I am waiting by the river,
And my heart has waited long;
Now I think I hear the chorus
Of the angels’ welcome song.

I’m waiting for the boatman,
I am waiting till he comes;
I am waiting on the shore,
For my journey’s almost o’er,
I am waiting, yes, I’m waiting to go home.

2 Far away beyond the shadows
Of this weary vale of tears,
There the tide of bliss is sweeping,
Thro’ the bright and changeless years. [Refrain]

3 They are launching on the river,
From the calm and quiet shore,
And they soon will bear my spirit
Where the weary sigh no more. [Refrain]

4 Oh, I long to be with Jesus,
In the mansions of the blest,
Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary are at rest. [Refrain]

Source: The Crowning Day : For use in Sunday Schools and Gospel Meetings #68

Author: William Cushing

Rv William Orcutt Cushing USA 1823-1903. Born at Hingham, MA, he read the Bible as a teenager and became a follower of the Orthodox Christian school of thought. At age 18 he decided to become a minister, following in his parents theology. His first pastorate was at the Christian Church, Searsburg, NY. He married Hena Proper in 1854. She was a great help to him throughout his ministry. He ministered at several NY locations over the years, including Searsburg, Auburn, Brookley, Buffalo, and Sparta. Hena died in 1870, and he returned to Searsburg, again serving as pastor there. Working diligently with the Sunday school, he was dearly beloved by young and old. Soon after, he developed a creeping paralysis that caused him to lose his… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I am waiting by the river, And my heart has waited long
Author: William Cushing
Refrain First Line: O, I see the dawn is breaking
Copyright: Public Domain



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