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When I shall fall asleep

Some day the sun of life will set

Author: Moses Gage Shirley
Tune: [Some day the sun of life will set, and I shall fall asleep]
Published in 10 hymnals

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1. Some day the sun of life will set, and I shall fall asleep,
And, leaving all that I hold dear, will find the silence deep:
That mystery which, still unsolved, God and His angels know,
And those who walk the crystal streams where heav’nly breezes blow,
Where grief nor sorrow ever come, nor trouble’s billows sweep;
Some day the Reaper will appear, and I shall fall asleep.

2. Some day the cares of life will cease, and I shall fall asleep,
And, passing from you, I shall see afar the golden street,
And sainted forms of those who dwell upon the other shore,
Behold the loves ones who from us awhile have gone before;
Where soft and cooling pathways lie, where none shall ever weep—
Some day the hour for me will come, and I shall fall asleep.

3. Some day my work will all be done, and I shall fall asleep,
But O what joy to know that I shall wake to never weep!
For where I go we know that God has promised perfect rest
And peace for every aching heart, and every troubled breast;
And love more lasting than our own He’ll give to me to keep,
When all my burdens are laid down, and I have gone to sleep.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7323

Author: Moses Gage Shirley

Moses Gage Shirley was born at Goffstown, N.H. 15 May 1865. His poems are about truth, justice and righteousness. A few of his poems have been set to music. 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 >

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First Line: Some day the sun of life will set
Title: When I shall fall asleep
Author: Moses Gage Shirley

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The Cyber Hymnal #7323
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