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Julia Moore (1847-1920)

Gently on the Stream of Time


              1Gently on the stream of time,
              2    We are floating day by day,
              3In life's native boats sublime
              4    We'll soon anchor in the bay.

              5We'll soon anchor in the haven,
              6    Where the weary are at rest,
              7In that blissful port called Heaven,
              8    Where are roaming now the blest.

              9    CHORUS:

            10    Be gentle, time be gentle with us,
            11        While we are on life's troubled stream,
            12    May life's foaming billows o'er us
            13        Break away as day serene.

            14Gently on the stream of time,
            15    We will swiftly glide along,
            16Till we reach the realm divine,
            17    Then we'll join the heavenly throng,
            18Where our friends have gone before us
            19    Waiting on the other shore.
            20In that home they sing in chorus,
            21    "Welcome home the rich and poor."

            22Gently on the stream of time,
            23    We shall shortly pass away,
            24We shall reach the heavenly clime
            25    If God's commands we obey.
            26Gently on the stream of time
            27    We are going one by one,
            28Listening to the evening chime
            29    On life's journey going home.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Mortal refrains: the Complete Collected Poetry, Prose, and Songs of Julia A. Moore, the Sweet Singer of Michigan, ed. Thomas J. Riedlinger (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998): 99-100. PS 2430 .M3 1998 Robarts Library. A Few Choice Words to the Public, with New and Original Poems (Grand Rapids, Michigan: C. M. Loomis, 1878).
First publication date: 1878
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/30


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