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Over the river faces I see

Over the river faces I see

Author: Judson W. Van De Venter
Tune: [Over the river faces I see]
Published in 92 hymnals

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1 Over the river faces I see,
Fair as the morning, looking for me:
Free from their sorrow, grief, and despair,
Waiting and watching patiently there.

Looking this way, yes, looking this way;
Lov'd ones are waiting, looking this way;
Fair as the morning, bright as the day,
Dear ones in glory looking this way.

2 Father and mother, safe in that vale,
Watch for the boatman, wait for the sail,
Bearing their lov'd ones over the tide
Into the harbour, near to their side. [Refrain]

3 Brother and sister, gone to that clime,
Wait for the others, coming sometime:
Safe with the angels, whiter than snow,
Watching for dear ones waiting below. [Refrain]

4 Sweet little darling, light of the home,
Looking for some one, beckoning come;
Bright as a sunbeam, pure as the dew,
Anxiously looking, mother, for you. [Refrain]

5 Jesus the Saviour, bright morning star,
Looking for lost ones straying afar;
Hear the glad message, why will you roam?
Jesus is calling, 'Sinner, come home.' [Refrain]

Source: Redemption Songs: a choice collection of 1000 hymns and choruses for evangelistic meetings, solo singers, choirs and the home #236

Author: Judson W. Van De Venter

Judson W. Van DeVenter was born 15 December 1855 on a farm near the village of Dundee, Mishigan. He was educated in the country and village schools, and at Hillsdale College. He later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He wrote about 100 hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Over the river faces I see
Author: Judson W. Van De Venter
Refrain First Line: Looking this way, yes, looking this way



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