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O the way is long and weary

O the way is long and weary

Author: George F. Root
Tune: [O the way is long and weary]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. O the way is long and weary,
And our bleeding feet are sore;
Is it far to Canaan’s land?
Is it far to Canaan’s land?
In the desert we are longing
For its shelter more and more
Is it far, is it far to Canaan’s land?

Refrain
We are weary, we are weary
Sadly wand’ring thro’ the wilderness,
And o’er the desert sand;
We are weary, oh so weary,
Is it far, is it far to Canaan’s land?

2. Thro’ the wilderness we’re foll’wing
Where the stronger ones have led;
Is it far to Canaan’s land?
Is it far to Canaan’s land?
Where the sand is often burning,
And the ground our only bed.
Is it far, is it far to Canaan’s land? [Refrain]

3. O how sweet would be a resting place,
A safe and quiet home;
Is it far to Canaan’s land?
Is it far to Canaan’s land?
Where the cruel days of bondage
And of fear will never come,
Is it far, is it far to Canaan’s land? [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5503

Author: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O the way is long and weary
Author: George F. Root
Refrain First Line: We are weary, faint, and sore

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The Cyber Hymnal #5503
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