A Hymn, Yes a Hymn I Just Wrote

No, i didnt just find religion, or even god, but I am thinking about writing a story, and wanted an authentic, but original hymn to draw from ala Clyde Edgerton’s “Walking Across Egypt” (a great book, by the way).


Besides Clyde’s book, I was obviously inspired by Rev Lowery’s beautiful hymn Hanson Place, or better known as Shall We Gather by the River.


I am posting it, not only for my blog followers entertainment, but to get feedback from anyone involved in sacred music and/or theology as to the legitimacy of the wording, structure and message. Of course, as I dont write rhyming poetry, my lyrics are not heavy on rhyme, but other than that?

Shall We Tarry On this Lonesome Shore

Shall we tarry any longer
On this lonesome shore?
While there are places where
The masses mingle in celebration
Of this summer of a life

But we must know the tinkling sounds
Will fade with the hair and eyes
Into feeble grays
But there is a place
Just across the river

Where the golden sun
They say will never set
And the feast will last forever
So why do you tarry my brother
Let us leave this lonely place

In glory we will enter
After but a moment of darkness
And we will marvel we tarried
So long and so fearful to go
Shall we tarry any longer
On this lonesome shore?


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins

https://www.goodreads.com/AnthonyUplandpoetWatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorI... genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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