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We are on our march through a desert land

We are on our march through a desert land

Author: Robert Lowry
Tune: [We are on our march thro' a desert land]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 We are on our march thro’ a dessert land,
With the banner of Jehovah o’er us;
We have lived our life like a pilgrim band,
With the happy end of toil before us.

At the Jordan, at the Jordan,
We shall never fear the passage to the other side;
At the Jordan, at the Jordan,
God has made an open way thro’ the tide.

2 With the cloud by day and the fire by night,
All the journey has our hope been glowing;
We shall look ere long on the promised height,
with the river in between us flowing. [Refrain]

3 To the Jordan’s brink we at last shall come,
And the Ark of God will cleave the river;
With the tread of faith we shall gain our home,
And our hearts shall be at rest forever. [Refrain]

Source: Joyful Lays: a new collection of songs, prepared and adapted for the Sunday School #178

Author: Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and soon became an active worker in the Sunday-school as teacher and chorister. At the age of twenty-two he gave himself to the work of the ministry, and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered upon the work of the ministry. He served as pastor at West Chester, Pa., 1851-1858; in New York City, 1859-1861;… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We are on our march through a desert land
Author: Robert Lowry
Refrain First Line: At the Jordan, at the Jordan, We shall never fear
Copyright: Public Domain


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Joyful Lays #178

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