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Sometime we'll understand

Not now but in the coming years

Author: Maxwell N. Cornelius
Tune: [Not now, but in the coming years]
Published in 69 hymnals

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1 Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, some time, we'll understand.

Then trust in God thro' all the days;
Fear not, for He doth hold thy hand;
Though dark thy way, still sing and praise,
Some time, some time, we'll understand.

2 We'll catch the broken thread again,
Anmd finish what we here began;
Heav'n will the mysteries explain,
And then, ah, then, we'll understand (Chorus)

3 We'll know why clouds instead of sun
Were over many a cherished plan;
Why song has ceased when scarce begun;
'Tis there, some time, we'll understand. (Chorus)

4 God knows the way, He holds the key,
He guides us with unerring hand;
Some time with tearless eyes we'll see;
Yes, there, up there, we'll understand. (Chorus)

Source: Favorite Hymns of Praise #496

Author: Maxwell N. Cornelius

Born: July 30, 1842, Al­le­ghe­ny Coun­ty, Penn­syl­van­ia. Died: March 31, 1893, Wash­ing­ton, DC, of pneu­mon­ia. Buried: Ohio. Son of a farmer, Cor­ne­li­us start­ed his ca­reer as a car­pen­ter, then a build­ing con­tract­or. Af­ter hav­ing a leg am­pu­tat­ed due to an ac­ci­dent, he en­tered the min­is­try. He was ed­u­cat­ed at the Ver­mil­lion In­sti­tute, Hayes­ville, Ohio, then at­tend­ed sem­in­a­ry there (1867-71). He was or­dained in the Pitts­burgh Pres­by­tery of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church USA, and served at the Oak­dale Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Oak­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia; the Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Al­too­na, Penn­syl­van­ia (1876-85); in Pa­sa­de… Go to person page >

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First Line: Not now but in the coming years
Title: Sometime we'll understand
Author: Maxwell N. Cornelius
Refrain First Line: Then trust in God through all thy days



The Cyber Hymnal #6246
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