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Minister’s Farewell 69t

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813
Poet: Joshua Smith, 1794
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
Dear friends, farewell! I do you tell,
Since you and I must part;
I go away, and here you stay,
But still we’re joined at heart.
Your love to me has been most free,
Your conversation sweet;
How can I bear to journey where
With you I cannot meet?

Brethren farewell, I do you tell,, Stanzas 1 & 2
I trust you’ll pray both night and day,
And keep your garments white;
For you and me that we may be
The children of the Light.
If you die first, anon you must,
The will of God be done;
I hope the Lord will you reward
With an immortal crown.

Brethren farewell, I do you tell,, Stanzas 5 & 6