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1 On thy journey to the homeland,
God is watching over thee;
He shall light thy path, O pilgrim,
Till thou canst the landmarks see.

The pillar of cloud shall go before thee,
To guide thy footsteps day by day;
The pillar of cloud shall go before thee,
And ev'ry night make clear thy way.

2 He that watches over Israel,
Never slumbers, never sleeps;
And o'er all His faithful children,
Vigilance eternal keeps. [Chorus]

3 Forward then with courage, pilgrim,
Light shall dawn from heav'n's throne;
He who set thee on thy journey,
Will not let thee walk alone. [Chorus]

4 On the mountain, in the valley,
Ev'rywhere shall He sustain;
And when darkness gathers round thee,
Bring thee into light again. [Chorus]

Source: Singing by the Way (Rev. ed.) #54

Author: F. A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On thy journey to the homeland
Title: Vigilance
Author: F. A. Blackmer
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The pillar of cloud shall go before thee
Copyright: Public Domain



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