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​Promise True and Grand

This song is by Bukka White and appears on the compilation Legendary Sessions Delta Style (1973).

I have read of the promise true and grand
A wonderful place, this heavenly land
Where all the redeemed shall dwell with Christ eternally
Where never a trouble we shall rue
No temple, for God's place holds us all
This promise was made for you and me, how long will it be?

How long blessed Lord, oh will it be?
Until it shall be we reach that day?
How long till I feel that fond embracing
There shall behold with His smiling face-a
Up at that lovin' hea'enly home beyond the sea
How long must I toil, here below
How long must strive, strive with the fold
How long till we view that promised land
And join-a with the snow white angels' band
Lord-a hear our plea, how long will it be?

Said, in that land there is no light
Where Jesus the Lamb will be the night
The River of Life (from) his golden throne will flow so free
And in the blessed city we are told
There the streets are paved with the purest gold
This promise is made for you and me, how long will it be?

How long blessed Lord, oh will it be
Until it'll be we reach that day?
How long till we view that promised land
And join-a with the snow white angels' band
Lord-a hear our plea, how long will it be?

There the tears from our eyes will fall no more
And sufferin' too will all be o'er
We shall rapture we shall praise that blessed Lamb of Calvary
We'll meet our deliverers on the strand
We shall join them and clasp them by the hand
This promise is made for you and me, how long will it be?

How long blessed Lord, oh will it be?
Until it'll be we reach that day?
How long till I feel that fond embracing
And shall behold His smiling face-a
Up at that lovin' hea'enly home beyond the sea
How long must I toil, oh here below
How long blessed Lord, oh will it be?
How long till we view that promised land
And join-a with the snow white angels' band
Lord-a hear our plea, how long will it be?