On the Banks of the Beautiful River [poem by “Kookaburra”, 19 January 1917]

[Editor: A poem by “Kookaburra”. Published in The Evelyn Observer, and Bourke East Record, 19 January 1917.]

On the Banks of the Beautiful River.

On the banks of the beautiful river,
For ever and ever and aye,
We shall thank Thee, O Lord, as the giver
Of the chance Thou canst give us to-day.

We shall praise and bless and extol Thee
All day, and every one
Thou gavest all Thou hadst, Lord,
Thou gavest Thine only Son.

On the banks of the beautiful river,
Where all is bright and still,
We shall sing Thy praises for ever,
And do thy holy will.

When the storms of life are over,
And darkness is no more,
We’ll all shout Hallelujah
On Canaan’s beautiful shore.

On the banks of the beautiful river,
Where night is turned to-day,
Our ties we’ll never sever,
When earth has passed away.

— Kookaburra.



Source:
The Evelyn Observer, and Bourke East Record (Kangaroo Ground, Vic.), 19 January 1917, p. 3

Editor’s notes:
aye = always, forever

canst = (archaic) second person singular present of “can”

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