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I came to the place where the lone pilgrim lay

I came to the place where the lone pilgrim lay

Published in 11 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Representative Text

1 I came to the place where the lone pilgrim lay,
And pensively stood by the tomb,
When in a low whisper I heard something say,
How sweetly I sleep here alone!

2 The tempest may howl, and the loud thunder roar,
And gathering storms may arise,
Yet calm is my feeling, at rest is my soul,
The tears are all wiped from my eyes.

3 The cause of my Master compelled me from home,
I bade my companions farewell;
I blest my dear children, who now for me mourn—
In far distant regions they dwell.

4 I wandered an exile and stranger from home,
No kindred or relative nigh;
I met the contagion, and sank to the tomb,
My soul flew to mansions on high.

5 O tell my companion and children most dear,
To weep not for me now I'm gone;
The same hand that led me through scenes most severe,
Has kindly assisted me home.

6 And there is a crown that doth glitter and shine,
That I shall for evermore wear:
Then turn to the Savior, his love's all divine
All you that would dwell with me there.

The Southern Harmony, 1835

Text Information

First Line: I came to the place where the lone pilgrim lay
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



According to Thomas Commuck, the earliest known notater and annotater of this tune, the tune was "A tradition of the New York Indians". Later attributions to B. F. White and/or William Walker appear to relate at most to the harmonizations and textual details of the versions they used in their later…

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The Sacred Harp #341

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