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The rock beside the way

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1 We are homeward bound to the land of light and love,
With a journey set for every day;
And the sunshine hot casts a shadow from above,
Underneath the cooling rock beside the way.

Oh, the blessed shadow where the pilgrims wait and rest,
Laying off each burden that we bear
And we sing our Saviour, who will welcome us at last,
In the home he promised to prepare.

2 There we sometimes meet others going on before;
Pilgrims come every hour a new array
And our hands have clasped, as we told our toils o'er,
Underneath the cooling rock beside the way. [Refrain]

3 So we too pass on, and the end is drawing near,
Weary footsteps suffer no delay:
We assuage each wound, and we banish every fear,
Underneath the cooling rock beside the way. [Refrain]

Source: Calvary Songs #22

Author: Charles S. Robinson

Robinson, Charles Seymour, D.D., was born at Bennington, Vermont, March 31, 1829, and educated at William College, 1849, and in theology, at Union Seminary, New York (1852-53), and Princeton (1853-55). He became Presbyterian Pastor at Troy, 1855; at Brooklyn, 1860; of the American chapel in Paris (France), 1868; and of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, New York, 1870. During 1876-77 he was editor of the Illustrated Christian Weekly. As an editor of hymn-books he has been most successful. His Songs of the Church were published in 1862; Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865; Spiritual Songs, 1878; and Laudes Domini, A Selection of Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, 1884. His Songs for the Sanctuary has probably had a wider sale than any other unoff… Go to person page >

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First Line: We are homeward bound to the land
Title: The rock beside the way
Author: Charles S. Robinson
Refrain First Line: O the blessed shadow where
Copyright: Public Domain


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Calvary Songs #22

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