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By and By.

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Mary Lowe Dickinson.
Wm. B. Bradbury.

1. Sweet by and by!
Sweet by and by!
Make haste our God, to bring it nigh;
The day when, sin's dark banner furled,
The ribbon white shall band the world;
The day that sets the whole earth free
From all that shuts its heart to Thee,
And brings, in faith and love complete,
Earth's wand'ring myriads to Thy feet.
And brings in faith and love complete,
Earth's wand'ring myriads to Thy feet.

2. Sweet by and by! for this we sigh,
For this, O Lord! to Thee we cry;
For right, and truth and peace to reign
O'er realms of sorrow, wrong and pain;
For hope in place of dark despair;
For answer to each mother's prayer,
For childhood's joy and manhood's might,
Sav'd evermore from sin's dark blight.
For childhood's joy and manhood's might,
Sav'd evermore from sin's dark blight.

3. Then may we rest, who toil and pray,
Through bitter night and weary day;
Then may be lay our armor by,
Who heard the world's heart-broken cry
For held that love alone could bring,
Deliverance from the tempter's sting.
Before our faith God's foes shall fly,
And victory waits by and by.
And brings in faith and love complete,
Earth's wand'ring myriads to Thy feet.

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4. Take Thou our many earnest years,
Our countless prayers, our toils, our tears,
All we have been, all we can be,
And build a barrier 'gainst the sea
That whelms our well-beloved land;
Our host awaits Thy high command;
Upon Thy Cross is fixed each eye,
It leads to triumph, by and by.
For childhood's joy and manhood's might,
Sav'd evermore from sin's dark blight.