A better day is coming

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1. A better day is coming, the morning draweth nigh,
   When girded right with holy might shall overthrow the wrong.
   When Christ our Lord shall listen To every plaintive sigh,
   And stretch His hand o'er every land in justice by and by.
   
   (Chorus)
   'Tis coming by and by, (Yes, by and by) 'Tis coming by and by, (and by)
   A better day is coming, the morning draweth night,
   'Tis coming by and by, 'Tis coming by and by, (and by)
   The welcome dawn is hastening on, Tis coming by and by. (and by)
   
2. The boast of haughty error no more shall fill the land,
   While men enraged, their power engaged, to kill their fellow man,
   But God the Lord shall triumph, and Satan's host shall fly,
   For wrong must cease and righteousness shall conquer by and by.
   (Chorus...)
   
3. No more will angry nations in deadly conflict meet,
   While children cry and parents die in conquest or defeat,
   For Jesus Christ the Captain, Will give the battle cry,
   The Holy Ghost will lead the host to victory by and by.(Chorus...)
   
4. No more shall lords and rulers their helpless victims press,
   And bar the door against the poor and leave them in distress,
   But God, the King of Glory, Who hears the ravens cry,
   Will give command that every man have plenty by and by.
   (Chorus...)

Source: Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley #40

Author (sts. 1, 2a, refrain): 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 >

Author (sts. 2b, 3) and Alterer (1, 2a, ref): Charles Albert Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A better day is coming, the morning draweth nigh
Title: A better day is coming
Author (sts. 1, 2a, refrain): Robert Lowry
Author (sts. 2b, 3) and Alterer (1, 2a, ref): Charles Albert Tindley
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Tis coming by and by, 'Tis coming by and by
Notes: The first stanza and the refrain are slightly altered from Lowry's text. The second stanza retains only the opening line of Lowry's. Stanzas 2b through 4 appear to be Tindley's independent work.
Copyright: Copyright 1919 by C.A. Tindley

Notes

Tindley's publications include the disclaimer, "This is an old song re-written by Rev. Chas. A. Tindley, D.D." The original hymn is by Robert Lowry, A better day is coming.




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