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My latest sun is sinking fast
My race is nearly run
My longest trials now are past
My triumph has begun

Oh come angel band
Come and around me stand
Bear me away on your snow white wings
To my immortal home
Bear me away on you snow white wings
To my immortal home

Oh bear my longing soul to him
Who bled and died for me
Whose blood now cleanses from all sins
And brings me victory


I know I'm near the holy ranks
Of friends and kindred dear
I brush the dew on Jordan's banks
The crossing must be near

I've almost gained my heavenly home
My spirit loudly sings
The holy ones, behold they come
I hear the noise of wings

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    UnregisteredNov 18, 2013 at 2:39 am
    This is a very old hymn. It was written in 1862. The words Ralph Stanley sings are slightly different but the thoughts and sentiments are still the same. I think of each of us nearing death and taking great comfort singing this hymn. Many a voice has sang this at many a funeral to remind the living that death is coming. If you believe in Jesus Christ and have kept your house in order, you can sing this hymn loud and happy to heaven as the time draws near for you. You may hear the flutter of wings for yourself. What a glorious uplifting hymn.
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    UnregisteredApr 29, 2012 at 4:55 am
    Wow! I'm not a spirital man at all. My father played bluegrass and i grew up to love it along with blues, rock n roll, and metal. I dont think there's any type i dont like. Classical, opera... All. But this song done by ralph stanley has always called me. I listen to the words although very slightly different from pearl jone version. When i listen to it i see a soldier thinking this in his last moments. Or someone very spirital passing thoughts. The way stanley played it, porter wagner, and others held this song in the strongest regards. The song calls to me. Makes me want to believe. Joe at
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    UnregisteredApr 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    I absolutely loved the ending of oh brother where art thou. Have seen it countless times and this song at the end with the 1900's background is killer.
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    UnregisteredMay 1, 2012 at 4:44 am
    Stanley brothers is where i heard it most. It has a great meaning to me. From my loved ones that have gone away to make a good place for us. It brings tears to my eyes every time i listen to it. My son is learning the guitar and he will learn it for me. God bless him.
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    Stephanie Diane RitzJul 20, 2013 at 6:27 am
    On the 2nd verse it is "Oh bear my longing heart to him who bled & died for me..." Instead of soul. I just thought you should know. I only know because I have this song on my phone & just got done watching the movie recently. :0)

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