A better day is coming, A morning promised long

A better day is coming, A morning promised long

Author: Robert Lowry
Tune: [A better day is coming] (Lowry)
Published in 15 hymnals

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1 A better day is coming,
A morning promised long,
When girded right, with holy might,
Will overthrow the wrong;
When God the Lord will listen
To every plaintive sigh,
And stretch his hand o'er every land
With justice by and by.

Coming by and by, coming by and by,
The better day is coming,
The morning draweth nigh;
Coming by and by, coming by and by!
The welcome dawn will hasten on,
'Tis coming by and by.

2 The boast of haughty error
No more will fill the air,
But age and youth will love the truth,
And spread it everywhere;
No more from want and sorrow
Will come the hopeless cry;
And strife will cease, and perfect peace
Will flourish by and by.

3 O for that holy dawning
We watch, and wait, and pray,
Till o'er the height the morning light
Shall drive the gloom away;
And when the heavenly glory
Shall flood the earth and sky,
We'll bless the Lord for all his word,
And praise him by and by.

Source: The Christian Sunday School Hymnal: a compilation of choice hymns and tunes for Sunday schools #115

Author: Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and soon became an active worker in the Sunday-school as teacher and chorister. At the age of twenty-two he gave himself to the work of the ministry, and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered upon the work of the ministry. He served as pastor at AVest Chester, Pa., 1851-1858; in New York City, 1859-1861;… Go to person page >

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First Line: A better day is coming, A morning promised long
Author: Robert Lowry
Refrain First Line: Coming by and by, coming by and by


The first stanza, part of the second, and the refrain of this hymn are the basis of A better day is coming by Charles A. Tindley, q.v.



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