Better world

There is a better world, they say

Author: John Lyth
Published in 34 hymnals

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1 There is a better world, they say,
O so bright!
Where sin and woe are done away,
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!

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

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

4 And though we’re sinners every one,
Jesus died!
And though our crown of peace is gone,
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!

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #268

Author: John Lyth

Lyth, John, D.D., was born at York, March 13, 1821. In 1843 he entered the Wesleyan ministry, and was sent in 1859 to Winnenden, as the first Wesleyan minister to Germany. On his return from Germany in 1865, he entered upon regular circuit work in Great Britain, and laboured at Sheffield, Hull, and other large towns until 1883, when he retired from the active work of the ministry. He died on March 13, 1886. His principal prose work was a History of Methodism in York. In 1843 he edited and published a small volume, entitled Wild Flowers; or, a Selection of Original Poetry, edited by J. L. This little work was made up of pieces by himself and members of his family, and the late Dr. Punshon. His hymn, "There is a better world, they say" (Heave… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There is a better world, they say
Title: Better world
Author: John Lyth
Refrain First Line: O, so bright
Copyright: Public Domain



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Children's Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #139

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Hymns for use in Sunday Schools #d42

Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #d12

New Standard Singer #d217

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One Hundred Favorite Songs of the Salvation Army #d142

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Songs for Men, the Salvation Army Official Song Book #d200

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Songs of Delight, for the Sunday School #99

Sunday School Hymns of the Second Baptist Church ... Germantown #d93

Sunday School Songs. 3rd ed. #d125

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Sunday-School Songs #49

The Book of Praise #793

The Canadian Sunday School Harp #d150

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The Church Hymnary #591


The Cyber Hymnal #6743

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The Heart and Voice #421

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The Little Minstrel #66

The Pilgrim's Harp #d235

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #594

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #594

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The Salvation Army Music #123

The Salvation Army Solos #d60

The Salvation Soldier's Song Book #d111

The Salvation Soldier's Song Book #d195

The Song Book of the Salvation Army #d793


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #268

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The Violet #66

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