Forever with the Lord (Joseph Barnby)

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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.

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Title: Forever with the Lord
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: James Montgomery

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn Meter: 66. 86. D (S.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1897

Description: No.11 from Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby, Novello (1897).

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Original text and translations

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1  Forever with the Lord!
Amen! so let it be.
Life from the dead is in that word,
'Tis immortality.
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,
Jerusalem above!


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!"