Scripture Verse

And I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Introduction

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Hubert P. Main
1839–1925

Words: John At­kin­son, 1867.

Music: Hu­bert P. Main (🔊 pdf nwc). This song must have been one of Main’s fa­vo­rites: its first line is en­graved on his tomb­stone.

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

portrait
Hubert P. Main
1839–1925

Lyrics

We shall meet beyond the river,
By and by, by and by;
And the darkness shall be over,
By and by, by and by;
With the toilsome journey done,
And the glo­ri­ous battle won,
We shall shine forth as the sun,
By and by, by and by.

We shall strike the harps of glo­ry,
By and by, by and by;
We shall sing re­demp­tion’s story,
By and by, by and by;
And the strains for­ev­er­more
Shall resound in sweetness o’er
Yonder ev­er­last­ing shore,
By and by, by and by.

We shall see and be like Je­sus,
By and by, by and by;
Who a crown of life will give us,
By and by, by and by;
And the angels who fulfill
All the mandates of His will
Shall attend, and love us still,
By and by, by and by.

There our tears shall all cease flowing,
By and by, by and by;
And with sweetest rapture knowing,
By and by, by and by;
All the blest ones, who have gone
To the land of life and song—
We with shoutings shall rejoin,
By and by, by and by.