1 When my heart is heavy burdened, when so distant seems the goal,
And the dreary shadows darken all thy sky,
O how sweet to hear the whisper of the Love of my soul,
And to know that I shall see Him by and by.
I shall see my Redeemer by and by,
I shall see my Redeemer by and by;
O the joy it will be to see His face,
Shouting forth the wonders of His saving grace.
2 When the toil of day seems fruitless, when at eve no sheaves are mine,
And I send the homeward way with empty hands,
O how sweet to catch the comfort of my precious Friend divine,
And to know that my Redeemer understands. [Refrain]
3 I will trust His love completely and be ready for His call,
Naught shall cause my soul to wander form His fold;
He will share my cares and troubles, lead me safely thro’ them all,
Till my Lord, in all His beauty, I behold. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >