Waiting By the River

I am waiting by the river For the message to come over

Author: J. F. Mayfield (1911)
Tune: [I am waiting by the river] (Mayfield)
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I am waiting by the river
For the message to come o’er,
To the land of bliss eternal
Over on the other shore;
There I’ll sing the praise of Jesus,
And God’s holy name adore,
With the saints and holy angels
Round the throne forevermore.

Yes, I’m waiting by the river,
I am waiting to cross o’er
To that land of bliss eternal
Where I’ll sing the praise
Of Jesus evermore.

2 I am waiting by the river
And I hear the splashing oar
Of the boatman who is coming
To conduct me to that shore;
Where they never know a sorrow,
Neither sickness, pain or woe,
But with Christ, the blessèd Savior,
I shall live forevermore. [Refrain]

3 I am waiting by the river
And I’m longing now to go
To that land where earthly sorrows
I will never, never know;
There I hope to share God’s glory,
With the saved upon that shore,
Who surround the throne of mercy,
And the Savior there adore. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8636

Author: J. F. Mayfield

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Text Information

First Line: I am waiting by the river For the message to come over
Title: Waiting By the River
Author: J. F. Mayfield (1911)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Yes, I'm waiting by the river
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8636
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