WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL THERE? written in 1930
This hymn focuses on a land where there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain.
The text was written by James Rowe (1865-1933). James was born in England, but came to America in 1890. He worked for 10 years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., and then served for 12 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.
The tune was composed by Homer Franklin Morris (1875-1955). Reared in Georgia, he attended public schools there and developed a keen interest in music, pursuing that study with many of the leading teachers of that day.
When Morris was 10 he began singing, and started his teaching career when he was just 16. A Baptist, he married Elizabeth Kirk in 1898, and they had 7 children. During his life, he taught hundreds of singing schools in many states, compiled a number of songbooks, and produced more than a thousand gospel songs, providing both words and music. For many years he was the president and manager of the Morris-Henson Company which he founded with another songwriter John M. Henson (1887-1972). Their books had wide circulation, but – after some years – he sold his interest and went to Dallas, TX, to work as a music editor with the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company.
This hymn was copyrighted by Morris in 1930 and first published by the Stamps-Baxter Co., who renewed the copyright in 1958. The inspiration for this hymn is not known, but we can assume it came from daydreaming about what Heaven will be like…
Read this hymn, and – today – imagine how wonderful it will be in Heaven.
When with the Savior we enter the glory-land, won’t it be wonderful there?
Ended the troubles and cares of the story-land, won’t it be wonderful there?
Won’t it be wonderful there… having no burdens to bear?
Joyously singing, with heart-bells all ringing, O, won’t it be wonderful there?
Walking and talking with Christ, the supernal One, won’t it be wonderful there?
Praising, adoring the matchless eternal One, won’t it be wonderful there? (Chorus)
There where the tempest will never be sweeping us, won’t it be wonderful there?
Sure that forever the Lord will be keeping us, won’t it be wonderful there? (Chorus)