Nearing the golden gate

Nearing the gate with the sun in the west

Author: John R. Clements
Tune: [Nearing the Gate, with the sun in the west]
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1 Nearing the Gate, with the sun in the west,
As slowly the day is declining;
The rays meet the waves with their bright foaming crest,
The clouds putting on a bright lining.

Refrain:
Nearing the Gate, the fair Golden Gate,
Beyond it the evergreen shore;
Where beauty and sunshine the valleys adorn,
And sorrow shall come nevermore.

2 Nearing the Gate, with the sea tossing high,
‘Mid hardships the journey we’re making.
In port, soon we’ll anchor where perils are o’er,
And billows no longer are breaking. [Refrain]

3 Nearing the Gate, it is life’s closing day,
The “Harbor of Peace” we have sighted;
And O what a rapture will shortly be ours,
At home with our loved ones united. [Refrain]

Source: Young People's Songs of Praise #106

Author: John R. Clements

John R. Clements was born in County Armagh, Ireland 28 November 1868 and was brought to the United States at the age of two years. He worked at the age of thirteen as a retail grocery clerk and had a successful wholesale grocery business. He began writing poetry when he was young. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Nearing the gate with the sun in the west
Title: Nearing the golden gate
Author: John R. Clements

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Young People's Songs of Praise #106

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