EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
ME VISIT GARDEN ALONE
WHILE ROSE THEY-lf WET MORNING DEW.
AND VOICE ME HEAR INFORM-me SO CLEAR
GOD HIS-rt SON GO-WITH ME.
Refrain: HE-lf WALK WITH ME; HE TALK WITH ME.
INFORM-me ME HIS-lf SPECIAL CHILD.
TWO-OF-US SHARE JOY, CHATTING THERE-lf.
EQUAL NONE OTHER CAN KNOW.
HE-lf SPEAK AND SOUND HIS-lf VOICE
SO SWEET BIRD STOP SING AND LISTEN.
SONG HE-lf TEACH-me, GIFT-TO ME.
NOW MY HEART ECHO HIS-lf WORDS. Refrain
PREFER STAY IN GARDEN WITH HIM-lf,
IGNORE DAY BECOME DARK"step by step".
BUT HE-lf ENCOURAGE ME GO-AWAY HOME.
BUT ME HEAR HIS-lf VOICE SEEM SAD"over time". Refrain
Notes: ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
GARDEN - (2h)[G], PO ><, FOs away, touch, then trace out a horizontal rectangle.
DEW - WATER + (2h), POs down, FOs away descend with wg like dew.
SO - (2h)[5:], POs ><, FOs away, separate while "so much" is mouthed.
TALK-WITH - CONVERSATION.
JOY - Start with the sign STAND and repeatedly and rapidly raise and lower the DH while curling the FT to show a person jumping.
GIFT-TO - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.
ECHO - [O^], PO away, FOs up, is brought to [B], PO away, FO up, and reflects off it while opening to .
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
Refrain: And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing. Refrain
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling. Refrain
To hear a performance of this hymn, go to Mahalia Jackson - I Come To The Garden Alone.