When I Shall Cross Oer The River


When I shall cross o’er the river-
Noiselessly flowing forever,
When from all earth ties I sever,
And the fair city I see;
Savior, my soul shall be praying,
Earnestly praying to Thee;
Never a moment delaying,
Open those bright gates for me.

Refrain:
For me, for me,
Then open those bright gates for me;
For me, for me,
Then open those bright gates for me.

Swiftly my bark shall be sailing,-
Heavenly breezes prevailing,
Faith in my Savior ne’er failing,
When I go out on the tide;
Jesus, for this I am pleading,
Close to me, there Lord, abide,
And, for my soul interceding,
Hold those bright gates open wide. [Refrain]

When I shall moor at the landing,-
Jesus, my Pilot commanding,
And on those shore I am standing,
Where are the mansions of light;
Me, in Thy great love enfolding,
Guide Thou my footsteps aright;
Savior, my trembling hand holding,
Open those golden gates bright. [Refrain]