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Oh, Come, Angel Band

Representative Text

1 My latest sun is sinking fast,
My race is nearly run,
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun!

Refrain:
O come, angel band, come, and around me stand,
O bear me away on your snowy wings
To my immortal home
O bear me away on your snowy wings
To my immortal home.

2 I know I'm nearing holy ranks
Of friends and kindred dear;
I brush the dew of Jordan's banks,
The crossing must be near; [Refrain]

3 I've almost gained my heav'nly home,
My spirit loudly sings;
The holy ones, behold, they come!
I hear the noise of wings, [Refrain]

4 O bear my longing heart to Him
Who bled and died for me;
Whose blood now cleanses from all sin,
And gives me victory. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Inspiration: number ten, gospel psalms, sacred hymns, scripture readings for the home, churches, revivals, conventions, choirs and crusades #13

Author: Jefferson Hascall

[Hascall, Jefferson] born in Thompson, Connecticut, Nov. 6, 1807, is the author of "My latest sun is sinking fast" (Old Age), in J. W. Dadmun's Melodeon, i860. No. 11, and the New Golden Shower, N.Y., 1862. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My latest sun is sinking fast
Title: Oh, Come, Angel Band
Author: Jefferson Hascall (1860)
Meter: 8.6.8.6.5.6.10.6.10.6
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O come, angel band
Notes: When sung to the tune by Bradbury, the refrain reads "to my immortal home"; when sung to the tune by Dadmun, for example, in "The Young People's Chorister: being a collection of favorite hymns and tunes for Sabbath schools and prayer meetings (New ed.)‎", it reads "to my own immortal home". Folk processing has apparently been responsible for the shift from "snowy wings" to "snow white wings" in some recordings of the song.

Timeline

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The Cyber Hymnal #4427
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Instances

Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #620

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #42

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The Cyber Hymnal #4427

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Timeless Truths #288

Include 176 pre-1979 instances
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