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A better day is coming, a morning promised long,
When truth and right with holy might, shall overthrow the wrong;
When Christ the Lord will listen to every plaintive sigh,
And stretch his hand o’er sea and land, with justice by and by.
The boast of haughty tyrants no more shall fill the air,
But aged and youth shall love the truth and speed it everywhere;
No more from want and sorrow shall come the hopeless cry,
But war shall cease, and perfect peace will flourish by and by.
The tidal wave is coming, the year of jubilee,
With shout and song it sweeps along, like billows of the sea;
The jubilee of nations shall ring through earth and sky,
The dawn of grace draws on apace, ’tis coming by and by.
Oh, for that glorious dawning we watch and wait and pray,
Till o’er the height the morning light shall drive the gloom away,
And when the heavenly glory shall flood the earth and sky,
We’ll bless the Lord for all his works and praise him by and by. —Sel.
— June, 1885 —