Scripture Verse

You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later on. John 13:7


Barney E. Warren (1867–1951)

Words: Will­iam B. Ste­vens, ar­ranged by Bar­ney E. War­ren, Se­lect Hymns (An­der­son, In­di­ana: Gos­pel Trum­pet Pub­lish­ing, 1911).

Music: Gre­na­da George H. Cook, in Gos­pel Praise, by Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1899) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cook (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to won­der
Why it should be thus all the day long;
While there are oth­ers liv­ing about us,
Never mo­lest­ed, though in the wrong.


Farther along we’ll know more about it,
Farther along we’ll un­der­stand why;
Cheer up, my bro­ther, live in the sun­shine,
We’ll un­der­stand it all by and by.

Sometimes I won­der why I must suf­fer,
Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
When there are many liv­ing in com­fort,
Giving no heed to all I can do.


Tempted and tried, how oft­en we quest­ion
Why we must suf­fer year af­ter year,
Being ac­cused by those of our loved ones,
E’en though we’ve walked in God’s ho­ly fear.


Often when death has tak­en our loved ones,
Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
Then do we won­der why oth­ers pros­per,
Living so wick­ed year af­ter year.


Faithful till death, saith our lov­ing Mas­ter;
Short is our time to la­bor and wait;
Then will our toil­ing seem to be no­thing,
When we shall pass the hea­ven­ly gate.


Soon we will see our dear, lov­ing Sav­ior,
Hear the last trum­pet sound through the sky;
Then we will meet those gone on be­fore us,
Then we shall know and un­der­stand why.