We Shall Cross The Mystic River


We shall cross the mystic river, one by one,
When beyond the hills we see life’s setting sun;
With the boatman, grim and pale,
Every soul must shortly sail,-
We shall cross the mystic river, one by one,

Refrain:
One by one, one by one,
We shall cross the mystic river, one by one,
To that land beyond the tide,
There forever to abide,-
We shall cross the mystic river, one by one.

We have seen our friends cross over, one by one,
When at even-tide their earthly race was run;
We have heard them say “good-bye,”
As we stood with tear-dimmed eye,-
We have seen them cross the river, one by one. [Refrain]

Days and weeks are passing swiftly, one by one,
Soon our toiling and our journey will be done,
Then with joy we’ll sail away
For that land of perfect day,-
Soon we’ll go where friends are waiting, one by one. [Refrain]

We shall cross the mystic river, one by one,
When the soul’s eternal morning is begun;
When the boat for us shall come,
We will sail away for home,-
We shall cross to be with Jesus, one by one. [Refrain]