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Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Full Text

1 There are loved ones in the glory,
Whose dear forms you often miss;
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?

Refrain:
Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, by and by?
In a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the sky?

2 In the joyous days of childhood,
Oft they told of wondrous love,
Pointed to the dying Savior;
Now they dwell with Him above. [Refrain]

3 You remember songs of heaven
Which you sang with childish voice,
Do you love the hymns they taught you,
Or are songs of earth your choice? [Refrain]

4 You can picture happy gath’rings
’Round the fireside long ago,
And you think of tearful partings,
When they left you here below. [Refrain]

5 One by one their seats were emptied,
One by one they went away;
Here the circle has been broken—
Will it be complete one day? [Refrain]

Source: Timeless Truths #777

Author: Ada R. Habershon

Ada Ruth Habershon (1861-1918) was a Christian hymnist, probably best known for her 1907 hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Ada R. Habershon was born in Marylebone, England on Jan­u­a­ry 8, 1861. Her father, Dr. Samuel Osborne Ha­ber­shon, was a noted physician; her mother was Grace Habershon. She was raised in Chelsea, London, in a Christian home. In her twenties, she was a member of the circle surrounding Charles Spurgeon. She met Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in 1884 during their preaching tour of England. At their urging, she visited the United States, delivering a series of lectures on the Old Testament that were later published. Habershon's first foray into hymn writing came in 1899, when she wrote several hymns in the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There are loved ones in the glory
Title: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Author: Ada R. Habershon (1907)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Will the circle be unbroken
Copyright: Public Domain

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #7482
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Instances

Instances (1 - 5 of 5)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #598
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #477
Small Church Music #639Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #7482TextScoreAudio
Timeless Truths #777Text
Include 42 pre-1979 instances



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