Say Brothers Will You Meet Us?

TITLE:  Say Brothers Will You Meet Us?
AUTHOR: The composer of the melody is unknown, later claimed by William Steffe.
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: religious
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1852
HISTORICAL REFERENCES: This is the origin for one of America’s best loved tunes of the 1800’s. Probably the best known tune of the century. John Brown’s Body and Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as other songs, used this tune.

Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Use of Christian Congregations 1852
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Use of Christian Congregations 1852

“If there was one thing more than another which Henry Ward Beecher (preacher, abolitionist, son of evangelist Lyman Beecher, and brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin author, Harriet Beecher Stow) enjoyed in the services of old Plymouth Church it was the congregational singing. So great was the delight which he took in the musical feature of the divine services that he spent many years in collecting and compiling the hymns which for more than forty years have been printed in The Plymouth Hymn Book.” (from the New York Times, August 09, 1893)

The tune was published first in Henry Ward Beecher‘s Plymouth Collection in 1852. Words claimed by William Steffe (1855 or 1856),

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • Canaan’s Happy Shore

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Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us?

Say brothers, will you meet us?
Say brothers, will you meet us?
Say brothers, will you meet us?
On Canaan’s happy shore?

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
For ever, evermore!

By the grace of God we’ll meet you
By the grace of God we’ll meet you
By the grace of God we’ll meet you
Where parting is no more.

Glory, glory, hallelujah Glory, glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah For ever, evermore!

Jesus lives and reigns forever
Jesus lives and reigns forever
Jesus lives and reigns forever
On Canaan’s happy shore.

Glory, glory, hallelujah Glory, glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah For ever, evermore!

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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