At the River

(1952)

“At the River” is the fourth song in Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, Set 2

“At the River” is an arrangement of the beloved 1865 hymn tune by Robert Lowry. It has been sung on many occasions, including the memorial concerts for Copland and for Leonard Bernstein.


--Vivian Perlis, 1998, from Boosey & Hawkes Web site


At the River
Robert Lowry


Shall we gather by the river,
Where bright angel's feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.


Ere we reach the shining river
Lay we every burden down,
Praise our spirits will deliver
And provide our robe and crown.


Yes, we'll gather at the river.
The beautiful, the beautiful, river.
Gather with the saints at the river,
That flows by the throne of God.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.


Yes, we'll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.


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