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One by one

They're gathering homeward from every land

Author: Mary E. Leslie
Tune: [They're gathering homeward from every land] (Ogden)
Published in 40 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. They’re gath’ring homeward from ev’ry land,
One by one! one by one!
As their weary feet touch the shining strand,
Yes, one by one!
They rest with the Savior, they wait their crown,
Their travel-stained garments are all laid down;
They wait the white raiment the Lord shall prepare
For all who the glory with Him shall share.

Gath’ring home! gath’ring home!
Fording the river one by one!
Gath’ring home, gath’ring home,
Yes, one by one!

2. Before they rest they pass thro’ the strife,
One by one! one by one!
Thro’ the waters of death they enter life,
Yes, one by one!
To some are the floods of the river still,
As they ford on their way to the heavenly hill;
The waves to others run fiercely and wild,
Yet they reach the home of the undefiled. [Refrain]

3. We too must come to the riverside,
One by one! one by one!
We are nearer its waters each eventide,
Yes, one by one!
We can hear the noise of the dashing stream,
Oft now and again, thro’ our life’s deep dream;
Sometimes the dark floods all the banks overflow,
Sometimes in ripples and small waves go. [Refrain]

4. Oh, Jesus, Redeemer, we look to Thee,
One by one! one by one!
We lift up our voices tremblingly,
Yes, one by one!
The waves of the river are dark and cold,
But we know the place where our feet shall hold;
O Thou who didst pass thro’ the deepest midnight,
Now guide us, and send us the staff and light. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1703

Author: Mary E. Leslie

Leslie, Mary Eliza, is daughter of Andrew Leslie, for many years Baptist missionary in Calcutta, was born at Monghyr, Jan. 13, 1831, became a member of her father's church, and having received a superior education, was for eight years Superintendent of an Institution for the education of Hindoo young ladies. Since 1877 Miss Leslie has been engaged in various kinds of philanthropic work in Calcutta. Her publications include:— (1) Ina and Other Poems, 1852. (2) Sorrows and Aspirations, 1858. (3) Heart Echoes from the East; or Sacred Lyrics and Sonnets (London, Nisbet, 1861). (4) The Dawn of Light; a Story for Hindoo Women, 1867. (5) Eastern Blossoms; a Story for native Christian Women, 1875. (6) A Child of the Day, 1882. In the Heart Ec… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: They're gathering homeward from every land
Title: One by one
Author: Mary E. Leslie
Refrain First Line: Gathering home, gathering home



The Cyber Hymnal #1703
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The Cyber Hymnal #1703

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