Scripture Verse

Brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11

Words: Lil­li­an Hud­dle­stin, 1897. Ap­peared in Gos­pel Songs and Hymns No. 1, ed­it­ed by George Hol­sing­er (Bridge­wa­ter, Vir­gin­ia: George B. Hol­sing­er, 1898), num­ber 151. Judg­ing from the lyr­ics, the song seems to have been writ­ten for gra­du­ating stu­dents.

Music: Ga­la­tia George B. Hol­sing­er (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hud­dle­stin (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Introduction

portrait
George B. Holsinger
(1857–1908)

Lyrics

We join to sing a parting song,
On this our parting day;
Not thoughtless words and merry eyes,
Shall mark our roundelay.

Refrain

We part today—sad thought to all—
To meet, we know not when;
Perhaps until the Master’s call,
We may not meet again.

But not sad hearted will we go,
Where duties’ banners fly;
We’ll bravely meet our every foe,
And at our post we’ll die.

Refrain

Schoolmates, farewell, today must end
Our mingled joyous life;
Our happiness and joy must blend,
With toil and battle strife.

Refrain

Farewell to all, may memory blend
Our hearts in fond embrace;
Till, in our home in Heav’n we find
Our final resting place.

Refrain