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Farewell, Vain World 95t

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Arranged by Mrs. Anna L. (Cooper) Blackshear, 1902
Poet: Baltimore Collection, 1801 (1st & 2nd Stanza); Meadís General Selection, 1807 (3rd Stanza); William Hunter, 1838 (4th Stanza)
Meter: Long Meter Half (8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
Farewell, vain world, Iím going home,
I canít stay away;
My Savior smiles and bids me come,
I canít stay away.

(Chorus)


O may I worthy prove to see,, Stanza 5 (Lines 1 & 2)
Chorus
I cannot stay much longer here,
I canít stay away,
For the gospel ship is passing by,
I canít stay away.


O may I worthy prove to see,, Stanza 5 (Lines 3 & 4)
2
Sweet angels beckon me away,
I canít stay away;
To sing Godís praise in endless day,
I canít stay away.

(Chorus)


3
Oh who will come and go with me,
I canít stay away;
Iím bound fair Canaanís land to see,
I canít stay away.

(Chorus)


Oh! who will come and go with me,, Lines 1 & 2
4
My heavínly home is bright and fair,
I canít stay away.
No pain nor death can enter there,
I canít stay away.

(Chorus)


The heavenly home is bright and fair,, Stanza 1 (Lines 1 & 2)