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Just before the dawning of the day

O'er the silver waters of a pearly stream

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [O'er 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

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Hope Tryaway, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, was born in Sout… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O'er the silver waters of a pearly stream
Title: Just before the dawning of the day
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Refrain First Line: Lo, a shining band, waiting on the strand



The Cyber Hymnal #3476
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