Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Song

Sweet By and By
Sanford F. Bennett

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sanford F. Bennett was a pharmacist in Wisconsin. One of his closet friends, Joseph Webster, was a local musician who also suffered with depression. In 1868, Bennett was filling a prescription for a customer when Webster came in looking sad. When asked what was wrong, Webster replied, "It's no matter, it will be all right by and by." Immediately Sanford Bennett sat down at his desk and wrote the first verse and chorus of one of our most beloved hymns. He never even looked up at the two customers who came in. When he was finished he handed it to Webster and said, "Here is your prescription, Joe. I hope it works." Over 140 years ago "Sweet By and By" was written in a drugstore in less than thirty minutes and it is still sung today.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

12 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

i always look forward to singing the hymns at BSF. What a great song.

Lana said...

Love this song!

MidniteScrapper said...

One of my most favorite hymns!

the undomesticated wife said...

I can hear my grandma singing this in my mind.

Cherit said...

That is an awesome story!! I remember singing this song in the church I grew up in. Thanks for sharing!

Cheri
Phoenix, AZ

Keetha said...

I love these stories behind the hymns we all love. My dad used to have a book full of these stories.

Thanks for sharing it today!

Emily said...

Love this song!

We sing this song quite a bit at church.

Alex and Jill said...

I can't even count the number of times I sang this song in church, growing up. It's an oldie but goodie. :)

I have been thinking about you a lot. I trust you will email me, once 'things' are under way. In the meantime, I'm praying!! :)

((HUGS))

hi-d said...

What a cool story!

Heather said...

Absolutely one of my favorites!

Paige said...

I love this song! I have not sung it in awhile at church. Thanks for sharing it today.

Katie said...

I adore this hymn! Such a good one!! I love hearing Loretta Lynn sing this one.

Your floral frogs look cute!