gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep
feelings of depression.
one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from
his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.
Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his
problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided
he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts
despondent man himself unwittingly supplied the theme, for when he was
asked, “What’s the matter now?” he replied, “Oh, it will be all
right by and by!”
true,” exclaimed Bennett, “trials do generate great glory for us in
the sweet by-and-by!”
by this thought, he immediately sat down and wrote several poetic verses
on the subject. When his friend read them, a new look of hope came into
his eyes, and his whole attitude changed.
jotting down some musical notes, Webster took up his violin and played
the melody he had composed to fit the words.
half an hour the enduring hymn “In the Sweet By-and-By” was born.
Sweet by and
There’s a land that is fairer than day,
by faith we can see it afar;
the Father waits over the way,
prepare us a dwelling place there.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
melodious songs of the blest;
our spirits shall sorrow no more
a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above
will offer our tribute of praise
the glorious gift of His love,
the blessings that hallow our days.
Chorus In the sweet by and
shall meet on that beautiful shore;
the sweet by and by,
shall meet on that beautiful shore.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.