Low bend the willows over life's dark, human tide

Low bend the willows over life's dark, human tide

Author: F. E. Belden
Tune: [Low bend the willows]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Low bend the willows
Over life’s dark human tide,
Swift roll the billows
To the ocean wide,
Ev’ry loved voice calling,
Tells the parting hour is nigh,
Ev’ry sear leaf falling,
Speaks the sad goodby.

Refrain:
Meet me, will you meet me?
“Whosoever will may come.”
Greet me, will you greet me
Where the fadeless flowers bloom?

2 Here tempests blowing,
Strew our blossoms, torn and dead,
Here sunsets glowing,
Mock the tears we shed;
Springtime’s fairest flowers
Soonest fade to dust again,
Autumn’s ripest hours
Have their frost of pain. [Refrain]

3 There love immortal,
Free from earth shall joyful sing
Passing the portals
With her Savior King;
Where the night falls never,
Love alone the crown shall wear,
Hid in Christ forever
We shall enter there. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.5 #29

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: Low bend the willows over life's dark, human tide
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Meet me, will you meet me
Copyright: Public Domain

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