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Meet Mother in the Skies

In a lonely churchyard, many miles away

Author: Anonymous; Author: Jerome McCauley
Tune: [In a lonely churchyard, many miles away]
Published in 41 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 In a lonely graveyard, many miles away,
Lies your dear old mother ’neath the cold, cold clay;
Mem’ries oft returning of her tears and sighs,—
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

Listen to her pleading, “Wand’ring boy, come home,”
Lovingly, entreating, do not longer roam;
Let your manhood waken, heav’nward lift your eyes;
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies.

2 Now the old home, vacant, has no charms for you;
One dear form is absent—mother, kind and true;
Evermore she dwells where pleasure never dies,—
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies. [Refrain]

3 Now in true repentance to the Saviour flee,
He Who pardoned mother, mercy has for thee;
Now He waits to comfort, He will not despise,—
If you love your mother, meet her in the skies. [Refrain]

Source: Glad Tidings in Song #166

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Author: Jerome McCauley

(no biographical information available about Jerome McCauley.) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In a lonely churchyard, many miles away
Title: Meet Mother in the Skies
Author: Anonymous
Author: Jerome McCauley
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Listen to her pleading



The Cyber Hymnal #4200
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Timeless Truths #147
  • Meet_Mother_in_the_Skies.pdf (PDF)
  • Meet_Mother_in_the_Skies.xml (XML)


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The Cyber Hymnal #4200


Timeless Truths #147

Include 39 pre-1979 instances
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