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Far from Home Lyrics and Music

The illuminating words and lyrics of the venerated hymn begin with "How far from home? I asked, as on I bent my steps-the watchman spake" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Far from Home" hymn were written by its American author Annie Rebekah Smith. The author of the hymn, Annie Rebekah Smith, was born on March 16, 1828 and died on July 26, 1855. The name of the composer of the invigorating music that accompanies the "Far from Home" song of praise has unfortunately been lost over time.  We have placed "Far from Home" in the category of Christian Songs. Enjoy the illuminating lyrics of this popular Christian song and long-established church hymn.

Far from Home Hymn
Title: Far from Home *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Annie Rebekah Smith*** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christian Songs



Author of the Lyrics
The author of the illuminating words of the "Far from Home" lyrics, Annie Rebekah Smith (March 16, 1828-July 26, 1855), was born in West Wilton, New Hampshire, United States and achieved fame as a hymn writer.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Far from Home
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Annie Rebekah Smith (March 16, 1828 to July 26, 1855)
Nationality of Author: American

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "How far from home? I asked, as on I bent my steps-the watchman spake"
First Publication Date: 1853


Far from Home Lyrics

How far from home? I asked, as on
I bent my steps-the watchman spake:
"The long, dark night is almost gone,
The morning soon will break.
Then weep no more, but speed thy flight,
With Hope's bright star thy guiding ray,
Till thou shalt reach the realms of light,
In everlasting day."

I asked the warrior on the field;
This was his soul inspiring song:
"With courage bold, the sword I'll wield,
The battle is not long.
Then weep no more, but well endure
The conflict, till thy work is done;
For this we know, the prize is sure,
When victory is won."

I asked again; earth, sea and sun
Seemed, with one voice, to make reply:
"Time's wasting sands are nearly run,
Eternity is nigh.
Then weep no more-with warning tones,
Portentous sights are thickening round,
The whole creation, waiting, groans,
To hear the trumpet sound."

Not far from home! O blessèd thought!
The traveler's lonely heart to cheer;
Which oft a healing balm has brought,
And dried the mourner's tear.
Then weep no more, since we shall meet
Where weary footsteps never roam-
Our trials past, our joys complete,
Safe in our Father's home.

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