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Press Onward

We are looking away from the vale of time

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [We are looking away from the vale of time]
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 We are looking away from the vale of time,
Beyond the sea, the rolling sea,
Where the beautiful hills of a purer clime
Are blooming for you and for me.

Press onward, press onward
To meet our Saviour there;
Press onward, press onward,
A robe and crown to wear.

2 We are passing away like the spring-time flowers
And birds that sing on airy wing;
But we dream of the splendor of radiant bowers
Where music forever shall ring. [Refrain]

3 We are floating away like the clouds of gold
That softly rest on evening’s breast;
But the portals of joy we shall soon behold,
And dwell with the happy and blest. [Refrain]

4 We are gliding away where the morning light
Shall break and rise o’er cloudless skies,
While its glories shall banish the shades of night,
And fill us with joyful surprise. [Refrain]

Source: Melodious Sonnets #26

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

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Text Information

First Line: We are looking away from the vale of time
Title: Press Onward
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Press onward
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)
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Bright Melodies #167

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Living Hymns #167

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Melodious Sonnets #26

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Temple Trio #208

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The Royal Fountain No.4 #91

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