Soon and forever the breaking of day

Soon and forever the breaking of day

Author: John S. B. Monsell
Tune: [Soon and forever, the breaking of day]
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Soon and forever, the breaking of day
Shall drive all the night-clouds of sorrow away;
Soon and forever we’ll see as we’re seen,
And learn the deep meaning of things that have been.

2 Soon and forever, the soldier lays down
His sword for a harp, and his cross for a crown;
Droop not in sorrow, despond not in fear,
A glorious tomorrow is bright’ning and clear.

3 Soon and forever, the warfare of sin,
our fighting without and our conflict within,
Trial, temptation, and sorrow, shall cease,
And Jesus shall gather His children in peace.

Source: Joyful Lays: a new collection of songs, prepared and adapted for the Sunday School #95

Author: John S. B. Monsell

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (b. St. Colomb's, Londonderry, Ireland, 1811; d. Guilford, Surrey, England, 1875) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and served as a chaplain and rector of several churches in Ireland after his ordination in 1835. Transferred to England in 1853, he became rector of Egham in Surrey and was rector of St. Nicholas Church in Guilford from 1870 until his death (caused by a construction accident at his church). A prolific poet, Monsell published his verse in eleven volumes. His three hundred hymns, many celebrating the seasons of the church year, were issued in collections such as Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems (1837), Spiritual Songs (1857), Hymns of Love and Praise (1863), and The Parish Hymnal (1873). Bert P… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Soon and forever the breaking of day
Author: John S. B. Monsell
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

Asaph #d242

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #587

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Hymns for the Church on Earth #74

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Joyful Lays #95

Notes of Joy, for the Sabbath School #d124

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d341

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The Christian Hymn Book #844

The Christian Hymnal #d613

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The Christian Hymnal #620

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