Hymnary Friends,

As our fall/winter fund drive winds down, please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. We're behind where we have been in past years with this drive, and we are hoping to catch up a little between now and January 1, 2019!

Please know that we want to keep Hymnary (the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet) going for many years to come. Your donations help us do that. Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

It is better farther on

Shadows may gather around me

Author: Grant Colfax Tullar
Tune: [Shadows may gather around me]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Shadows may gather around me,
As on my journey I go,
Yet they can never confound me,
Sunshine will come soon, I know.
Brighter the journey is growing,
Glory-lights shine on my way,
Faith in the morrow
Will banish each sorrow,
By night or day.

Farther on,
Farther on,
Yes, the way is growing brighter,
It is better farther on.
Farther on,
Farther on,
Burdens all are growing lighter,
It is better farther on.

2 Some day the storm-clouds will lighten,
Tempests around me will cease,
Rainbows my skies then will brighten,
Flooding my pathway with peace.
Then in my heart will be gladness,
Unceasing praises shall roll,
Brighter the dawning
Of ev’ry new morning
Which greets my soul. [Refrain]

3 Upward and onward I’m pressing,
Happy each step of the way,
Trials are never distressing,
Nothing my soul can dismay;
Knowing each step of my journey
Better and brighter will be,
Clouds all are rifted,
Life’s burdens are lifted,
I’m glad and free. [Refrain]

Source: The Kingdom of Praise #34

Author: Grant Colfax Tullar

Grant Colfax Tullar was born August 5, 1869, in Bolton, Connecticut. He was named after the American President Ulysses S. Grant and Vice President Schuyler Colfax. After the American Civil War, his father was disabled and unable to work, having been wounded in the Battle of Antietam. Tullar's mother died when he was just two years old so Grant had no settled home life until he became an adult. Yet from a life of sorrow and hardship he went on to bring joy to millions of Americans with his songs and poetry. As a child, he received virtually no education or religious training. He worked in a woolen mill and as a shoe clerk. The last Methodist camp meeting in Bolton was in 1847. Tullar became a Methodist at age 19 at a camp meeting near Wat… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Shadows may gather around me
Title: It is better farther on
Author: Grant Colfax Tullar
Refrain First Line: Farther on, farther on



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Convention Hymns selected from Sunday School Melodies #d50

Favorite Gospel Hymns #d25

Page Scan

The Excelsior Hymnal #84

TextAudioPage Scan

The Kingdom of Praise #34

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us