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Just Before the Dawning

Over the silver waters of a pearly stream

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [Over the silver waters of a pearly stream]
Published in 3 hymnals

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1. O’er the silver waters of a pearly stream,
Just before the dawning of the day;
Angel guards descending in a happy dream,
Bear us to the summer land away.

Lo, a shining band, waiting on the strand,
Greet us with a sweet and tuneful lay;
Gentle words of cheer in that dream we hear,
Just before the dawning of the day.

2. O the bliss enchanting! O the visions there!
Bursting like a flood of golden light;
Not a wave of sorrow, not a throb of care,
In that happy, happy dream so bright. [Refrain]

3. Dreaming still we wander while our lifted eyes
View a world of love and joy untold,
Dreaming still we listen to the songs that rise
From the hearts that never more grow old. [Refrain]

4. Now from sleep awaking, see the morning beams
Chasing all the clouds of night away;
Yet the harp of memory brings the happy dream
Just before the dawning of the day. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3476

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

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Text Information

First Line: Over the silver waters of a pearly stream
Title: Just Before the Dawning
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lo, a shining band, waiting on the strand
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #3476
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The Cyber Hymnal #3476

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