The Future / Will they Miss me When I'm Gone

This is a hymn which ponders about what life will be like when the author is no longer present - presumably when she is deceased.  It is sometimes called "Oh, I often sit and ponder" or "Oh the future lies before me".

The words were written by 19th century hymn-writer, Miss Jennie Stout, and first published in 1901.

With meter 87 87 D, it has always been set to the tune HYDERABAD by Asa A. Armen.

Hymnals it is published in include
  • The Otterbein Hymnal - United Brethren Publishing House, 1892
  • Sabbath Home - 19th century
Based on thes epublication dates, it is assumed that the hymn is now in the public domain.


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Lyrics


Oh, I often sit and ponder,
When the sun is sinking low,
Where shall yonder future find me:
Does but God in Heaven know?
Shall I be among the living?
Shall I mingle with the free?
Wheresoe’er my path be leading,
Saviour, keep my heart with Thee.

Chorus
Oh, the future lies before me,
And I know not where I’ll be;
But where’er my path be leading,
Saviour, keep my heart with Thee.

Shall I be at work for Jesus,
Whilst He leads me by the hand,
And to those around be saying,
“Come and join His happy band?
Come, for all things now are ready,
Come, His faithful follower be”;
Oh, where’er my path be leading,
Saviour, keep my heart with Thee.

But perhaps my work for Jesus
Soon in future may be done,
All my earthly trials ended,
And my crown in Heaven won;
Then, forever with the ransomed
Thro’ eternity I’d be
Chanting hymns to Him who bought me
With His blood shed on the tree.

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