1 When shall we meet again,
Meet ne'er to sever?
When will peace wreathe her chain
Round us forever?
Our hearts will ne'er repose,
Safe from each blast that blows,
In this dark vale of woes,
2 When shall love freely flow
Pure as life's river?
When shall sweet friendship glow
Where joys celestial thrill,
Where bliss each heart shall fill,
And fears of parting chill
3 Soon shall we meet again,
Meet ne'er to sever;
Soon shall peace wreathe her chain
Round us forever;
Our hearts will then repose
Secure from worldly woes;
Our songs of praise shall close
Watts, A. A., p. 1236, i. We find from Alaric Watts: A Narrative of his Life. By his son Alaric Alfred Watts, 2 vols., 1884, that the date of his birth was March 16, 1797, and of his death April 5, 1864.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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