Sung by: Mrs. Ollie Gilbert
Recorded in Gilbert, AR 10/13/59

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Come, all you loving people
Who say you love the Lord.
Come fill his holy promise
According to his word.
He speaks in tones of thunder;
He speaks in tones of love.
Of such the little children
As the kingdom above.

Come, all you loving Christians;
In Jesus you demand.
Come be a valiant soldier
For Jesus crucified.
When this war is over,
We’ll lay our armor down
And fly away to Jesus
To wear a starry crown.

There weary little family,
When they all alive,
Composed of wife and husband
And children they were five.
His name was Joseph Looney.
They lived in peace and love,
‘Till it please the Lord in glory
To carry him above.

He leaves his wife and children
In this vain world of sin,
Where trouble’s now at hand,
Deep sorrow now within.
He says to wife and children,
“What makes it grieve you so?
The blessed Lord has called me,
And I’m prepared to go.”

Then, turning to his father,
He said, “Oh, met me there.
And you, too, my dear mother.
This world so bright and fair.
Do trust alone in Jesus,
Through trouble and despair.
Do meet your son in heaven
To dwell forever there.”

Then turning to his brother,
He looked so earnestly.
He said, “I hear your voice.
Your face I cannot see.
I see a star in glory;
I see my mansions there.
I see the holy angels.
My soul away to bear.”

To his brothers and his sisters,
“Oh, are you all prepared?
If not, I pray the Lord
Your precious lives be spared.
Do trust alone in Jesus,
The only way I know,
To make a preparations
To meet your brother Joe.”

(Mr. Gilbert: “Yes, that’s true.”
??: “Who made the song?”
Mrs. Gilbert: “Elihu Gray . . . composed it.”
??: “Where does she live?”
Mr. Gilbert: “That was a man . . . She knows him well. I know him well, so that was . . . just talk on his deathbed now. He’s talking to his family and his brothers and sisters, and his dad and mother. He had that talk on his deathbed. That’s a true song.”
??: “Well, that’s a beauty.”)

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