1 Not now, but when 'tis God's sweet will,
Perhaps amid the Eden glow,
We'll know why woes our fond hearts chill—
Yes, some sweet time we'll surely know.
We'll trust in him who knoweth best,
Although thro' winding ways we go—
We'll meekly bow to his behest—
Some sweet, glad time we'll surely know.
2 When all the mists are cleared away,
Thro' which we journey here below.
When in the light of perfect day,
The whys we'll see and surely know. [Refrain]
3 We then shall know why sorrow's waves
So often toss us to and fro,
Why dearest loves are hid in graves—
In God's own time we'll surely know. [Refrain]
4 Our God shall lead, we'll trust in him,
Tho' sorrow's billows o'er us flow;
Our faith, our hope shall not grow dim—
Sometime, sometime, we'll surely know. [Refrain]
Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #978