Here we have one version which turned up in our collection:
I would not live alway:
I ask not to stay
Where storm after storm rises dark o'er the way;
The few lurid mornings that dawn on us here
are enough for life's woes,
full enough for it's cheer.
I would not live alway;
No, welcome the tomb!
Since Jesus hath lain there,
I dread not it's gloom;
There sweet be my rest
till he bid me arise
To hail him in triumph
descending the skies.
Who, who would live alway,
away from his God,
Away form yon heaven,
that blissful abode,
Where rivers of pleasure flow o're the bright plains,
And the noontide of glory eternally reigns:
From: Pg. 228
PERKINS; W.O. & H.S. : "THE CHURCH BELL"
Boston; G.D.Russell & Co., 1867
I'm trying to post this as "Web ready text" as produced by an experimental program, "Extreme Pad".
If it gets mangled, I'll try again with regular HTML markers. Since we don't have the "Preview" feature here, I guess that's about the only way we're gonna find out!
I have a *.GIF scanning of the score, if anyone is interested.Line Breaks <br> added. Preformat tags without line breaks makes a real mess at Mudcat, and make Joe Offer remark, "Aaaaaargh!. Did you have the automatic line breaks turned off, Uncle Jacque?