Thursday, December 6, 2012

God Be With You


SONG WRITER: Jeremiah Rankin                    

MUSIC WRITER: William Tomer                     

WHEN WRITTEN: 1880

HYMN HISTORY: In 1880, Dr. Jeremiah Rankin, Pastor of First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C., was looking for a farewell hymn to close the worship service.  "Blest Be the Tie That Binds" was a possibility, but he wanted something less formal –– more engaging.

Not finding the hymn he was looking for, he set out to write it.  He took a dictionary from his bookshelf, and began looking at words such as "farewell" and "goodbye" to see if they would spark his imagination.  The definition that he found for "goodbye" included the words "God be with you" –– and so a hymn was born.

Dr. Rankin wrote a verse and chorus for his new hymn, and sent them to two people asking for a tune.  He chose the tune written by William Tomer, a part-time church musician, and was so enthusiastic that he sat down and wrote seven more verses.

BIBLE VERSE:  1 Thessalonians 5:28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

HYMN LYRICS:
God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
With the oil of joy anoint you;
Sacred ministries appoint you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
When life’s perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Of His promises remind you;
For life’s upper garner bind you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Sicknesses and sorrows taking,
Never leaving or forsaking;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
Strike death’s threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Ended when for you earth’s story,
Israel’s chariot sweep to glory;
God be with you till we meet again.

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