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Shall we gather at the river?

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在约翰·福特的电影中,有一首几乎无所不在的圣歌:Shall we gather at the river? 它出现在屠杀过后的葬礼上,婚礼开始前的仪式上(《搜索者》),埋葬保护婴儿的母亲前(《三教父》),集合小学生撤退时(《七女人》),只要电影里有教堂这首歌就会响起(《关山飞渡》、《侠骨柔情》)。这首歌也被称为约翰·福特的个人圣歌。

这首歌有多个版本,在英文版里,我最喜欢Bill Gloria Gaither唱的。

这首歌的中文翻译有两个版本,我喜欢的是天主教会翻译的《聚集生命河畔》。网上的歌词不全,第4段是我补译上去的。 ** 《聚集生命河畔》 ** 词曲/罗伯特·罗理

1、上主座前生命河边,圣洁天使都来临,不息水流晶亮似银,我羡慕在彼唱吟。

2、在彼生命­河流滨边,银白浪花闪闪翻,我众永远崇拜、往来,黄金日子千万年。

3、来到福地生命河边,累人重担先卸抛,我灵蒙救投主怀抱,得赐冠冕和义袍,

4、河水涓涓言笑晏晏,镜鉴救主之慈颜, 死亡无策击败圣徒,众扬声奇异恩典。

5、转瞬到生命河畔,居住­福地乐无彊,和平音乐歌声响亮,主救恩永受颂扬。

(副歌)

我们聚­集生命河边,在那极美丽那极美丽河边,众圣徒同欢聚在一起,欢聚在上主座前。

在优酷找到一个中文演唱版,歌词与以上翻译不同。

聚集生命河边

附:英文歌词

Shall we gather at the river

By Robert Lowry

Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God?

On the margin of the river, Washing up its silver spray, We will talk and worship ever, All the happy golden day.

Ere we reach the shining river, Lay we every burden down; Grace our spirits will deliver, And provide a robe and crown.

At the smiling of the river, Mirror of the Savior’s face, Saints, whom death will never sever, Lift their songs of saving grace.

Soon we’ll reach the silver river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease; Soon our happy hearts will quiver With the melody of peace.

(Refrain) Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river That flows by the throne of God.

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