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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 near the holy ranks
of friends and kindred dear;
I hear the waves on Jordan’s banks,
the crossing must be near. [Refrain]

3 I’ve almost reached my heav’nly home,
my spirit loudly sings;
your 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 love now covers all my sin,
and gives me victory. [Refrain]

Source: Voices Together #662

Author: Jefferson Hascall

Rv Jefferson Hascall USA 1807-1887. Born in Thompson, CT, he studied at Wilbraham Academy was ordained into the Methodist Church in 1829. He later became a minister and presiding elder over the Worcester Conference. He twice represented New England in the church's General Conference. He was considered an eloquent and powerful speaker and was considered responsible for the conversion over 150 people. Notice of his preaching engagements would fill the seats. He lived in Shrewsbury, MA, about 20 years and was also a public-spirited citizen and was universally respected. He favored education and the suppression of slavery. He married Julia Catherine Griswold in 1832, and after her death in 1842, Lavina Livermore in 1843, and they had s… 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.
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #4427
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Instances

Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #620

Sacred Selections for the Church #350

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

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The Cyber Hymnal #4427

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Timeless Truths #288

Text

Voices Together #662

Include 177 pre-1979 instances
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