Shall We Gather At the River?

(2003)

"Shall We Gather At the River?" is the first song of George Crumb's The River of Life: American Songbook I (2003). The song is for voice, amplified piano, and percussion.

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The audio recording provided in the audio playlist to the right features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The recording is from a live performance at Alice Tully Hall (New York City) on April 29, 2011 and has been used with permission. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Shall We Gather At the River?
by Robert Lowry


Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.


Ere we reach the shining river
Lay we every burden down,
Praise our spirits will deliver
And provide our robe and crown.


Shall we gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful, river,
Gather with the saints at the river,
That flows by the throne of God?


Soon we'll reach the silver river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

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