Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Sweet By and By

"Sweet By and By" 
By: Sanford Fillmore 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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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In 1868, a pharmacist named Sanford Fillmore Bennett, 31, was filling prescriptions and handling sales at his apothecary in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. His friend Joseph Webster entered the store. Joseph was a local musician, vocalist, violinist, and amateur composer who suffered from periods of depression. The two men had occasionally collaborated on hymns and songs, Sanford writing the words and Joseph the music. 
On this particular day, Joseph was unusually blue and his face was long. Looking up, Sanford asked, "What is the matter now?" 
"It's not matter," Joseph replied, "it will be all right by and by." 
An idea for a hymn hit Sanford like a flash of sunlight. Sitting at his desk, he began writing as fast as he could. The words came almost instantly. Two customers entered the drugstore, but no attempt was made to assist them-Sanford was too absorbed in his poem-so they sallied over to the stove and visited with Joseph. Finally, Sanford rose and joined them, handing a sheet of paper to his friend. 
"Here is your prescription, Joe," he said. "I hope it works." Webster read the words aloud: 

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. 

 Instantly a tune suggested itself, and Joseph jotted down some notes. Picking up his fiddle, he played his melody over a time or two, then said to the others, "We four make a good male quartet. Let's try the new song and see how it sounds." As "Sweet By and By" was being sung for the first time, another customer, R. R. Crosby, entered the store. "Gentlemen," he said, "I never heard that song before but it is immortal." 
He was right. For over a hundred years we've been singing an immortal hymn that was written in less than thirty minutes in a drugstore. 

John 14:2
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." 
I hope you all have a very good and godly week. 
With eternity's values in view, 
Ashley

3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing these hymn stories with us. They are an inspiration. Hugs.

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  2. Another beautiful hymn...one that my sister and I used to play together at the nursing home with piano and violin together. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a beautiful song! This is one of my favorites!

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