- (Posted 2018-11-07) CPDL #51737:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-07). Score information: A4, 1 page, 53 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Title: Forever with the Lord
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: James Montgomery
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 66. 86. D (S.M.D.)
Instruments: A cappella
First Published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 11, p. 5.
Original text and translations
1 Forever with the Lord!
Amen! so let it be.
Life from the dead is in that word,
Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him, I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer home.
2 My Father's house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith's foreseeing eye
Thy golden gates appear!
Ah, then my spirit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright inheritance of saints,
3 Forever with the Lord!
O Father, 'tis Thy will.
The promise of that faithful word
E'en here to me fulfil.
Be Thou at my right hand,
Then can I never fail.
Uphold Thou me, and I shall stand;
Fight Thou, and I'll prevail.
4 So when my dying breath
Shall set my spirit free,
By death I shall escape from death
To endless life with Thee.
Knowing as I am known;
How shall I love that word
And oft repeat before the throne,
"Forever with the Lord!"