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Dale Rose Origins: Angel Band (38) Lyr Add: ANGEL BAND (Rev. J. Haskell)^^^ 15 Oct 00

I located the music for Angel Band in one of those lovely old paperback hymnals, Cheerful Message, Compiled and Edited by Geo. W. Sebren, The Sebren Music Co., Asheville, N. C., c.1926. The book is undated, but since there is nothing copyrighted past 1926, that is the logical choice. I have uploaded the music to my site, Good Old Songs, which really seems to be devoted to just gospel music, though that was not the original intent, just the way it has worked out so far. Maybe I just need a separate site for other music ~~ we'll see. Go here for the music

Rev. J. Haskell, arr by J.D.V.

1. My latest sun is sinking fast,
My race is nearly run,
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun.

CHORUS: Oh, come angel band,
Come and around me stand,
O bear me away on your snowy wings,
To my immortal home,
O bear me away on your snowy wings,
To my immortal home.

2. I know I'm near the holy ranks
Of friends and kindred dear,
I brush the dew on Jordan's banks,
The crossing must be near. CHORUS

3. I've almost gained my heavenly home,
My spirit loudly sings;
The holy ones, behold they come!
I hear the noise of wings. CHORUS

4. O bear my longing heart to Him
Who bled and died for me;
Whose blood now cleanses from all sin,
And gives me victory. CHORUS

The J.D.V. listed as arranger would be James D. Vaughn, noted writer and publisher of gospel music. The Emmylou Harris version mentioned by WyoWoman just uses the first and fourth verses. She is a bit at variance with the lyrics I have posted, the most jarring of which I hear is her use of snow white wings, rather than snowy wings, not such a big deal, I suppose, but I do like snowy better. I have heard the third verse before, but the second one is new to me, at least I do not remember ever hearing it in recorded or live versions I have heard.

Praise, I know we have talked before about this music and what I am doing with my site so far (not much). As you can see, it
does not a very well defined purpose yet. Maybe when I get "a little more time" we can work on that. ^^^

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