6743. There Is a Better World

1. There is a better world, they say
O so bright! O so bright!
Where sin and woe are done away,
O so bright! O so bright!
And music fills the balmy air,
And angels with bright wings are there,
And harps of gold and mansions fair,
O so bright! O so bright!

2. No clouds e’er pass along that sky,
Happy land! Happy land!
No tear drops glisten in the eye,
Happy land! Happy land!
They drink the gushing streams of grace,
And gaze upon the Savior’s face
Whose brightness fills the holy place;
Happy land! Happy land!

3. And wicked things and beasts of prey,
Come not there! Come not there!
And ruthless death and fierce decay,
Come not there! Come not there!
There all are holy, all are good,
But hearts unwashed in Jesus’ blood,
And guilty sinners unrenewed,
Come not there! Come not there!

4. And though we’re sinners every one,
Jesus died! Jesus died!
And though our crown of peace is gone,
Jesus died! Jesus died!
We may be cleansed from every stain,
We may be crowned with bliss again,
And in that land of glory reign;
Jesus died! Jesus died!

Text Information
First Line: There is a better world, they say
Title: There Is a Better World
Author: John Lyth (1870)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Lyth wrote to W. F. Stephenson, editor of "Hymns for Chapel and Home," 1873, saying the song was based on an earlier work, ...written at Stroud, in Gloucestershire (30th April, 1845) for the anniversary of the neighbouring infant-school at Randwich, and to an air then very popular, called All is Well. That it was written for infant children will explain the simplicity of some of the expressions. It was speedily caught up, and I believe first appeared in the Home and School Hymn Book.
Tune Information
Name: [There is a better world, they say]
Composer: John Hayhurst
Incipit: 13555 17615 54343
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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