Bidding Farewell to Loved Ones 539
Tune: Arranged by Louis Park, 1927
Alto: Mrs. Julia Park, 1927
Lyrics: A. J. McLendon, 1905
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Farewell, dear brothers, fare you well,
Pray, do not weep for me,
I'm going home with Christ to dwell,
When I get home to that bright world,
And meet my Savior there,
And all the loved ones gone before,
I'll no more shed a tear.
I am marching away,
To that great judgment day.
Farewell to all below,
For I'm called, I must go.
Dear sister, thou are left alone,
But thou art kind and true,
And when God calls you to come home,
I hope to meet with you.
Thus we'll surround the great white throne,
And dwell forever there,
And sing God's praise through endless days,
From sorrow, pain and care.
Dear father, you've been kind to me,
When I was young and wild,
But now, dear father, do not weep,
Forgive your dying child.
O, father, don't forget my wife,
My children, my dear ones,
The time has come when I must say,
Farewell, farewell to all.
My loving mother, fare you well,
But do not fear alarm,
The Savior dear is always near,
To shield you from all harm.
Yet may we meet and be complete
With all the blood washed throng,
And cast our crown at Jesus' feet,
And sing redemption's song.
This arrangement of The Blind Girl (verses) and Passing Away (chorus) is inscribed to B. M. Wesley.