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The union band

O yes, I'll join the union band

Author: William Hunter
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1 Oh yes, I'll join the union band,
My heart's already there;
And travel with them to that land,
For ever bright and fair.

"Oh hail! hail! hail!
I come to join the union band,
Oh hail! hail! hail!
I'm on my journey home!"

2 I'm tired of sin and sinful mirth,
And senseless frantic joys;
How empty all the things of earth!
At best but gaudy toys. [Chorus]

3 I'll join the band whose hearts are one
In grief, and joy, and love;
Whose hopes mount up and seize the throne
Reserved for them above. [Chorus]

4 They freely weep with those who weep,
And joy with those who joy;
A common fund of love they keep,
Which yields them sigh for sigh. [Chorus]

5 Oh yes, I'll join that union band,
I come, my friends, I come;
Here is my willing heart and hand,
To travel with you home. [Chorus]

6 I'd rather by your threshold stay,
A porter at your door,
Than live in mansions great and gay,
And be as heretofore. [Chorus]

7 One day in such a place is worth
A thousand other days:
'Tis here I date my second birth--
My soul's own native place. [Chorus]

8 'Tis here my better friends I meet--
Friends of my heart and soul:
With them in heavenly places sit--
With them my name enrol. [Chorus]

9 There, in the register of love,
For ever let it stand,
Until transcribed to that above,
With Christ's own wounded hand. [Chorus]

Source: The Minstrel of Zion: a book of religious songs, accompanied with appropriate music, chiefly original #122

Author: William Hunter

Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :— 1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >

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First Line: O yes, I'll join the union band
Title: The union band
Author: William Hunter
Refrain First Line: O hail, hail, hail, I come to join
Copyright: Public Domain


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The Minstrel of Zion #122

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