"Wayfaring Stranger" is a traditional Christian folk song or hymn, known particularly in the American South where it has been considered a "white spiritual." It has been published in multiple anthologies and hymnals, most notably in older editions of the extremely influential Sacred Harpthe one must-have book for those interested in shape note singing—and the Southern Baptist Convention's Baptist Hymnal (both the 1975 and 1991 editions lack it, although it is present in the 1956 edition). As a traditional song, its lyrics often vary somewhat, particularly as it has been much-covered (mostly by country and bluegrass musicians—notably Johnny Cash, amongst others). Nonetheless, something approaching a standard version would be as follows:

I am a poor, wayfaring stranger
Just a-traveling in this world of woe.
There is no sickness, toil, or 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;
I'm only going over Jordan.
I'm only going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather o'er me.
I know my way is rough and steep.
But beauteous fields lie just before me,
Where God's redeemed their vigils keep.
I'm going there to see my mother.
She said she'd meet me when I come.
I'm only going over Jordan.
I'm only going over home.

I want to wear a crown of glory
When I get home to that bright land.
I want to tell salvation's story
In concert with the blood-washed band.
I'm going there to see my Savior
And sing His praise forever more.
I'm only going over Jordan.
I'm only going over home.

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