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1706. Gathering Out of Tears

1. Steer our bark away to the homeland,
Spread the sails of hope o’er the sea;
Think of all the friends that await us,
When anchored safely there we shall be.

Gathering out of tears into sunshine,
Gathering out of labor into rest;
Hear the ransomed throng shouting forth their joy in song,
Gathering to the mansions of the blest.

2. Steer our bark away to the homeland,
On without a fear let us go;
When the port of peace we are nearing,
The blessèd harbor lights we shall know. [Refrain]

3. Bright and fair the hills of the homeland,
Clad in all the bloom of the spring;
There to Him who loved and redeemed us,
Our joyful, joyful praise we will sing. [Refrain]

4. Soft the winds that blow from the homeland,
Sweet the morn that breaks on the shore;
Soon we’ll meet again our beloved ones,
Where sorrow’s plaintive moan comes no more. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Steer our bark away to the homeland
Title: Gathering Out of Tears
Author: Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby (1894)
Refrain First Line: Gathering out of tears into sunshine
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [Steer our bark away to the homeland]
Composer: William James Kirkpatrick
Incipit: 55551 16535 55517
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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