Sacred Harp 406: ‘New Harmony’

I want to live a Christian here,
I want to die a-shouting,
I want to feel my Savior near,
While soul and body’s parting.
I want to see bright angels stand
And waiting to receive me,
To bear my soul to Canaan’s land,
Where Christ has gone before me.

My heart is often made to mourn
Because I’m faint and feeble,
And when my Savior seems to frown,
My soul is filled with trouble.
But when He doth again return,
And I repent my folly,
’Tis then I after glory run,
And still my Jesus follow.

I have my bitter and my sweet
While through this world I travel,
Sometimes I shout and often weep,
Which makes my foes to marvel.
But let them think and think again,
I feel I’m bound for heaven;
I hope I shall with Jesus reign,
I therefore still will praise Him.
Say a prayer for our brothers and sisters in Iraq.

One comment

  1. Hi. Cool singing. Just wanted to share with you that I found the first part of this verse engraved on my 2nd great uncles tombstone. I was trying to find some history about this inscription as I had never seen one quite like it. ‘I googled I want to die a shouting’ and it brought me here to your complete hymn. how cool is that !?! here’s the link if you want to see the tomstone. He died in 1903.
    Parson Isaac Grabeel.(1821-1903). His grandfather John Hannes Grabeel/Graybill was a German Baptist “Dunkers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania / than was of Church of the Brethren in Fincastle, Virginia whose home became a “great preaching place” The Graybill family history is now part of Camp Bethel’s history, since most of the camp’s acreage was once the Graybill farm and homestead. Happy Holidays to ya’ll.


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