Composer: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Mrs. C. H. Morris (1912)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 33355 56355 67167
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Keyboard Accompaniments and Conductor's Guide for The Worshipping Church: A Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Donald P. Hustad
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1991) pp. 42

Piano Solo

  • Living for Jesus: Advanced Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonham
    Published By: SoundForth (2001) pp. 25


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #195
Text: What If It Were Today
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #129
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #7283
Text: What if It Were Today?
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 16 of 16)
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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #195

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #290


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #129

Hinário para o Culto Cristão #114

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Hymns of Faith #531

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #248

Rejoice Hymns #590

Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #153

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Sing Joyfully #549


Small Church Music #1698

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #76


The Celebration Hymnal #759

The Christian Life Hymnal #213


The Cyber Hymnal #7283


The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #245

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The Worshiping Church #275

Include 37 pre-1979 instances
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