1 Just beyond the silent river, Where the sages weep no more:
Voices join in glad hosannas To the King for evermore.
Christ the conqueror from Bozrah, Garments dyed in crimson red,
Bought redemption for earth's aliens By His triumph from the dead.
2 No more weeping over yonder, There we'll say farewell no more:
Blessed bright and happy morning, When we meet on that blest shore:
Ages past, still ages coming, Yet no end will we know there,
Heaven beams with grandest splendor To all whom are free from care.
3 I am nearing now the crossing, Soon the boatman will row o'er:
He will pilot to the haven, There the Christ we will adore;
Saved from sin and strife forever, Safe in Jesus' fond embrace,
Dwelling with the hosts of angels, While we sing the "songs of grace."
Widmeyer, Charles B. (Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 1884--California, December 14, 1974). Studied vocal music from age 12 under J.M. Cowgill; at age 15 began teaching classes of his own. First song was written at age 15. The first one published, "Upon the Cross," was written at age 20.
Bachelor of Music degree from Bethany-Peniel, Bethany, Oklahoma. Wrote more than 350 songs; edited or contributed to many songbooks. "Come and Dine" was written following the reading of John 21:12 and his meditation on the similarity between the tired, hungry disciples and people of his day both spiritually and physically hungry; translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Serbian.
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