~Shall We Gather at the River?
July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began
thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints
around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so
much of the river of death and so little of the river of life.
hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the
came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his
parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came
to him as if by inspiration.
the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.
is nothing on earth more restful than the banks of a winding river. And
God has placed a river in heaven, a beautiful crystal river that will
make glad the hearts of all God’s children someday.
We Gather at the River
Shall we gather at the river,
bright angel feet have trod,
its crystal tide for ever
by the throne of God?
On the margin of the river,
up its silver spray,
will walk and worship ever,
the happy, golden day.
Ere we reach the shining river,
we ev’ry burden down;
our spirits will deliver,
provide a robe and crown.
Soon we’ll reach the silver river,
our pilgrimage will cease;
our happy hearts will quiver
the melody of peace.
At the smiling of the river,
of the Savior’s face,
whom death will never sever
their songs of saving grace.
Chorus Yes, we’ll gather at
beautiful, the beautiful river,
with the saints at the river,
flows by the throne of God.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.