We'll Understand It Better By and By (Charles Albert Tindley)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-22)  CPDL #69775:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2022-06-22).   Score information: A5, 2 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: As printed in 1909. All four stanzas included.

General Information

Title: We'll Understand It Better By and By
Composer: Charles Albert Tindley
First Line: We are tossed and driven
Lyricist: Charles Albert Tindley
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymnGospel hymn   Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1905 in Soul Echoes, Edition 1, no. 0
    2nd published: 1909 in Soul Echoes, Edition 2, no. 30
    3rd published: 1916 in New Songs of Paradise, no. 6
Description: A gospel hymn.

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Original text and translations

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1. We are tossed and driven on the restless sea of time,
Somber skies and howling tempest oft succeeds a bright sunshine,
In that land of perfect day, when the mists have rolled away,
We will understand it better by and by.

By and by, when the morning comes
All the saints of God are gathered home,
We’ll tell the story how we’ve overcome,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.

2. We are often destitute of the things that life demands,
Want of shelter and of food — thirsty hills and barren lands,
We are trusting in the Lord, and according to his word,
We will understand it better by and by.

3. Trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand
All the ways that God would lead us to that blessed promised land,
But he guides us with his eye, and we’ll follow till we die,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.

4. Temptations, hidden snares often take us unawares,
And our hearts are made to bleed for a thoughtless word or deed,
And we wonder why the test when we try to do our best,
But we’ll understand it better by and by.