I am a poor wayfaring stranger - Traditional

I am a poor wayfaring stranger - Traditional

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 25 November 2007, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

1. ME POOR STRANGER GET-AROUND.
WHILE TRAVEL THROUGH WORLD SAD.
UNDERSTAND HAVE-NONE SICKNESS OR WORK"over time".
IN BRIGHT WORLD ME GO-TOWARDS-GOAL.
ME GO WHERE? WANT SEE MY HEAVENLY-FATHER.
ME ARRIVE, WILL SETTLE-DOWN STAY.

Refrain: ME ONLY GO OVER JORDAN RIVER.
ME ONLY GO, FIND MY HOME.

2. ME KNOW DARK CLOUDS WILL SOMETIMES THREATEN.
ME KNOW MY WAY ROUGH AND STEEP.
BUT GOLDEN FIELD WILL GREET ME.
GOD SAVE YOUR SOUL, THAT PLACE (2h)YOU SLEEP.
ME GO THERE-rt SEE MY MOTHER.
MOTHER PROMISE MEET ME THERE-rt. Refrain

3. SOON TROUBLE ME GET-OFF-MIND CAN.
MY BODY SLEEP IN GRAVE NEXT-TO CHURCH.
CROSS ME CARRY, DON'T NEED MORE.
HAPPEN ENTER, FIND MY REWARD.
ME GO FOR-FOR? MEET MY SAVIOR.
SING AND PRAISE HIM-lf FROM-NOW-ON FOREVER. Refrain


Notes: ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.

GET-AROUND - (2h)[1], POs > signer, circle around each other while both hands move > DS.

HAVE-NONE - (2h)[B], POs > signer move upwards past mouth and swing upwards and apart while mouth blows on hands as they pass.

GO-TOWARDS-GOAL - like the sign GOAL but the DH moves in a vertical circle while going towards the goal to show a constant process.

HEAVENLY-FATHER - (2h)[A], FOs up, DH is held against forehead, NDH close to but lower, both hands open to (2h)[5] while moving upwards. HEAVEN may be added to this. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Heavenly Father - 1.

SETTLE-DOWN - (2h)[5], POs down, FOs away, descend with several stops along the way.

JORDAN - [L], FO up, touches thumb to forehead. For a film of this sign, click on Jordan - المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية.

CLOUDS - (2h)[5:] move like MIX but high and moving from NDS to DS.

STEEP - [B], PO diagonally up and away, moves upwards at a steep angle to the floor.

FIELD - GRASS THEREABOUTS.

GREET - Hands alt. salute from forehead, but hands are more diagonal than a military salute.

GET-OFF-MIND - (2h)[open 8], touch forehead, pronate and move away.

FROM-NOW-ON - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs away, DHFT touches knuckle side of NDHFT and moves away in a downward arc. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - from now on.

Lyrics:

I am a poor wayfaring stranger,
While traveling through this world of woe.
Yet there’s no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright world to which I go.
I’m going there to see my Father;
I’m going there no more to roam.

Refrain: I’m only going over Jordan,
I’m only going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather round me;
I know my way is rough and steep.
But golden fields lie out before me
Where God’s redeemed shall ever sleep.
I’m going there to see my mother,
She said she’d meet me when I come. Refrain:

I’ll soon be free from every trial,
My body sleep in the churchyard;
I’ll drop the cross of self denial
And enter on my great reward.
I’m going there to see my Savior,
To sing His praise forevermore. Refrain:

treble clef as a symbol for musicTo hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to I am a poor wayfaring stranger.

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