1 Softly sing our parting lay,
Volume four we close today;
Aspiration, courage, cheer,
All are found recorded here.
Lay this treasured book aside,
Other volumes open wide,
Rend we must our mutual bond,
Grasp alone the more beyond!
2 Grasping things to us now sealed,
Hidden truths will be revealed,
Myriad wonders meet our eyes,
Minds to higher levels rise.
We would lighten others’ cares,
Lift them heav’nward unawares;
Not for self alone would live,
Much received, would freely give.
3 Comrades, faint not, do not tire,
After nobler things aspire;
Ever onward, ne’er despond,
This our signal, "More beyond."
Glorious race may each one run,
Priceless plaudits hear—"Well done,
Lay then every burden down;
Welcome, victor, wear thy crown."
Display Title: Softly Sing Our Parting LayFirst Line: Softly sing our parting layTune Title: LEEAuthor: Mrs. A. M. AdamsMeter: 77.77 DSource: African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book (Philadelphia: African Methodist Episcopal Book Concern, 1898)