Joy By and By

O there'll be joy when the work is done

Author: Franklin E. Belden
Tune: [O there'll be joy when the work is done]
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1. O there’ll be joy when the work is done,
Joy when the reapers gather home,
Bringing the sheaves at set of sun
To the New Jerusalem.

Joy, joy, there’ll be joy by and by,
Joy, joy, where the joys never die;
Joy, joy for the day draweth nigh
When the workers gather home.

2. Sweet are the songs that we hope to sing,
Grateful the thanks our hearts shall bring,
Praising forever Christ our King,
In the New Jerusalem. [Refrain]

3. Pure are the joys that await us there,
Many the golden mansions fair;
Jesus Himself doth them prepare,
In the New Jerusalem. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3404

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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First Line: O there'll be joy when the work is done
Title: Joy By and By
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Joy, joy, there'll be joy by and by



The Cyber Hymnal #3404
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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #430
Small Church Music #1222Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3404TextScoreAudio
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