Scripture Verse

He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Matthew 22:32

Introduction

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Ada R. Habershon (1861–1918)

Words: Ada R. Ha­ber­shon, 1907. Ap­peared in Al­ex­an­der’s Gos­pel Songs No. 8, ed­it­ed by Charles M. Al­ex­an­der (New York: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1908), num­ber 6. In 1935, the Car­ter Fa­mi­ly re­cord­ed an adap­ta­tion titled Can the Circ­le Be Un­brok­en?

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)

Lyrics

There are loved ones in the glo­ry,
Whose dear forms you oft­en miss;
When you close your earth­ly sto­ry,
Will you join them in their bliss?

Refrain

Will the cir­cle be un­brok­en
By and by, by and by?
In a bet­ter home await­ing
In the sky, in the sky?

In the joy­ous days of child­hood,
Oft they told of won­drous love,
Pointed to the dy­ing Sav­ior
Now they dwell with Him above.

Refrain

You re­mem­ber songs of Hea­ven
Which you sang with child­ish voice,
Do you love the hymns they taught you,
Or are songs of earth your choice?

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You can pic­ture happy ga­ther­ings
Round the fire­side long ago,
And you think of tear­ful part­ings,
When they left you here be­low:

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One by one their seats were emp­tied,
One by one they went away;
Here the cir­cle has been brok­en—
Will it be com­plete one day?

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