It Is Better Farther On

Oft I hear hope sweetly singing, Softly in an undertone

Alterer: James L. Nicholson (pub.1875); Alterer: Anonymous (pub.1897)
Tune: [Hark! I hear Hope sweetly singing]
Published in 12 hymnals

Printable scores: Sibelius
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Hark! I hear Hope sweetly singing
Softly in an undertone,
Singing as if God had taught her,
“It is better farther on.”
Night and day I hear her singing—
Singing while I sit alone,
Singing so my heart may hear it,
“It is better farther on.”

2 When my faith took hold on Jesus,
Light divine within me shone,
And I know since that glad moment,
“It is better farther on.”
I have plunged into the fountain,
Flowing free for everyone;
I am saved and Hope is singing,
“It is better farther on.”

3 Farther on, but how much farther?
Count the milestones one by one;
No, no counting, only trusting—
“It is better farther on.”
Rest, my soul, in hope forever,
all my doubts and fears are gone;
Jesus is my Savior, Keeper—
“It is better farther on.”

Source: Timeless Truths #343

Alterer: James L. Nicholson

Nicholson, James, an American Methodist minister, is the author of (1) "Dear [Lord] Jesus I long to be perfectly whole" (Holiness desired); and (2) "There's a beautiful land on high " (Heaven), both of which are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, 1878. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Alterer: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Oft I hear hope sweetly singing, Softly in an undertone
Title: It Is Better Farther On
Alterer: Anonymous (pub.1897)
Alterer: James L. Nicholson (pub.1875)
Meter: D
Language: English
Refrain First Line: It is better farther on




Timeless Truths #343


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