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  • The Lyrics:  In The Sweet By And By.

There's a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar,
For the Father waits over the way to prepare us a dwelling place there.
 
refrain:
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore the melodious songs of the blest;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more - not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above we will offer our tribute of praise,
For the glorious gift of His love and the blessings that hallow our days.

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Hymn History:  In The Sweet By And By.   

The history of this precious hymn is given by the author himself, Sanford F. Bennett.

Mr. Joseph Webster,  like  many  musicians,

was of an exceeding nervous and sensitive

nature, and subject to periods of depression. 

I  found  that  I  could  rouse  him  by  giving

him a new song on which to work.
 
He came into my drug store, walked down to the stove, and turned his back on me without speaking.  I was at my desk writing.  Turning to him I said, "Webster, what is the matter now?"  "It's no matter," he replied, "it will be all right by and by."  The idea came to me like a flash of sunlight and I replied,  "The Sweet By and By! Why would not that make a good hymn?" "Maybe it would," said he indifferently. 


Turning to my desk, I penned the words as fast as I could write.  I handed the words to Webster.  As he read, his eyes kindled, and stepping to the desk, he began writing the notes. Taking his violin, he played the melody and then jotted down the notes of the chorus.  It was not over thirty minutes from the time I took my pen to write the words before two friends with Webster and myself were singing the hymn, The Sweet By and By.