How Far from Home? Lyrics
Author: Annie R Smith
1 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.”
2 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.”
3 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 thick’ning round,
The whole creation, waiting, groans,
To hear the trumpet sound.”
4 Not far from home! O blessed thought!
The trav’ler’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.
How Far from Home? Hymn Story
“How Far from Home” is a hymn that was composed by Annie R Smith. Annie R Smith was one of the earliest hymnists in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in America.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church came into being following the failure of William Miller interpretation of Daniel 8:14 that stated that Christ was to come to earth in 1844.
Some of the remnants from that group that comprised people from all sorts of denominations ended up forming a new church.
Besides believing that Christians should keep Saturday as the Sabbath, SDAs also emphasize the second coming of Christ as well.
Just going through this song, you can see the influence that the second coming of Christ had on Annie R Smith.
Annie R Smith was the sister of one of the pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Uriah Smith.
Annie Smith died at young age of twenty-seven after suffering from tuberculosis.
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