I’LL MEET YOU IN THE MORNING                                              written in 1956

The Story

Albert Edward Brumley Sr. (1905-1977) was one of the most successful American gospel song composers of the 20th century. Between 1926 and 1931, he studied, lived, and worked at the Hartford Music Company in Hartford, Arkansas, under the tutelage of its founder, Eugene Monroe (E. M.) Bartlett. Albert eventually purchased the Hartford Music Company in 1948.

Music, both sacred and secular, formed an important part of Albert’s childhood. His parents were committed members of the Church of Christ, but his father was also a noted fiddler, and his mother enjoyed singing parlor songs. Music was integral to the family’s weekly church gatherings and house parties.

Albert participated in his first shape-note singing school at age sixteen, and that ignited his lifelong passion for gospel music.

At age 20, Albert arrived virtually penniless on the doorstep of E. M. Bartlett, hoping to enroll at the renowned publisher’s Hartford Music Institute. Bartlett graciously took the young man under his wing, even providing board at his own home. Bartlett’s kindness paid off; Albert published his first song for Hartford in 1927 (“I Can Hear Them Singing Over There”) and eventually became one of Bartlett’s finest staff songwriters.

It is estimated that Albert Brumley wrote between 600-800 songs, including this song. There was not a particular occasion for the writing of this song… other than inspiration by God.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – imagine that coming reunion.

I will meet you in the morning by the bright riverside,
when all sorrow has drifted away;
I’ll be standing at the portals when the gates open wide,
at the close of life’s long, dreary day.

I’ll meet                                you in the morning
(Meet you in the morning                               meet you in the morning,)
With a “How                  do you do?
(“How do you do”                  “How do you do”)
And we’ll sit down                    by the river
(sit down by the river,                   sit down by the river,)
And with rapture “auld” acquaintance renew;
(Rapture                   our                     “auld” acquaintance renew;)
You’ll know                               me in the morning
(Know me in the morning                               know me in the morning)
By the smiles                   that I wear
(Smiles that I wear                  smiles that I wear,)
When I meet you                         in the morning
(Meet you in the morning,           meet you in the morning,)
In the city   that is built        foursquare.
(City ,           city built, that            city built foursquare)

I will meet you in the morning in the sweet by and by,
and exchange the old cross for a crown.
There will be no disappointments and nobody shall die,
in that land, when life’s sun goeth down. (Chorus)

I will meet you in the morning at the end of the way,
on the streets of that city of gold;
where we all can be together and be happy for aye
while the years and the ages shall roll. (Chorus)

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