[When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide]

[When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide]

Composer: John R. Sweney
Published in 119 hymnals

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Composer: John R. Sweney

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy. Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregati… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide]
Composer: John R. Sweney
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 12333 33213 1165
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Alternative Tunes


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #528
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The Cyber Hymnal #4453
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Instances (1 - 14 of 14)
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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #528

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #602

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Hymns of Faith #525

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Small Church Music #3027

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #46

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The Celebration Hymnal #768

The Christian Life Hymnal #554


The Cyber Hymnal #4453


Timeless Truths #829

Yes, Lord! #182

Include 105 pre-1979 instances
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