Good Night And Good Morning

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This hymn was written by Lizzie Douglas Foulks DeArmond or Lizzie DeArmond in short. Born on July 23, 1847 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died on October 26, 1936, at her home in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, she was a prolific author of hundreds of children hymns, and poems and thus a familiar name to many Sunday School teachers. 

Homer Rodeheaver Alvan (1880-1955) composed the tune, When comes to the weary a blessèd release, was an evangelist and the Music Director of Billy Sunday's Evangelistic Campaigns.

Now in the light of the glad New Year, 1915, if anything I have written has helped to lift one soul above the cares and worries of everyday life, and brought it nearer to the great loving heart of Jesus, the joy is mine, but the glory belongs to God.

--- Lizzie DeArmond

Out of her grief for the lost of her daughter, Lizzie DeArmond suffered and  questioned the Lord. One night, God spoke to her and that night, gave her this hymn of comfort which has since been a comfort to many others who lost loved ones.

These are her words:

"When God called my girl to live with Him, I felt I could not spare her, and it left an ache in my heart that was difficult to bear. The ever present, persistent question, Why should my girl be taken? became the overwhelming burden of my waking moments. Why should it be my child?

After several months of wrestling with this question, my health was affected and my faith clouded. Then one night, while I was pacing up and down on my lawn, there came me the words as if spoken from the sky: We Christians do not sorrow without hope. We do have to say goodbye to our loved ones here, but we have that glorious hope of good morning over there.

The message brought surcease from my sorrow, comfort for my heart, and stimulus to my faith. I hastened to my room where the poem took form. God gave me a song that has been a blessing in my life, as it will be to others who sorrow for loved ones."



Good Night And Good Morning

~ Author:  Lizzie Douglas Foulks DeArmond (1847–1936)
~ Composer:  Homer Rodeheaver Alvan (1880-1955)

Stanza 1:

When comes to the weary a blessèd release,

When upward we pass to His kingdom of peace,

When free from the woes that on earth we must bear,

We’ll say “good night” here, but “good morning” up there. 


Chorus:

Good morning up there where Christ is the Light,

Good morning up there where cometh no night;

When we step from this earth to God’s Heaven so fair,

We’ll say “good night” here but “good morning” up there. 

Stanza 2:

When fadeth the day and dark shadows draw nigh,

With Christ close at hand, it is not death to die;

He’ll wipe every tear, roll away every care;

We’ll say “good night” here, but “good morning” up there. 


Chorus:

Good morning up there where Christ is the Light,

Good morning up there where cometh no night;

When we step from this earth to God’s Heaven so fair,

We’ll say “goodnight” here but “good morning” up there. 

Stanza 3:

When home lights we see shining brightly above,

Where we shall be soon, through His wonderful love,

We’ll praise Him Who called us His Heaven to share,

We’ll say “goodnight” here, but “good morning” up there. 

Chorus:

Good morning up there where Christ is the Light,

Good morning up there where cometh no night;

When we step from this earth to God’s Heaven so fair,

We’ll say “good night” here but “good morning” up there. 



Scripture Verses

Matthew 9:24  (KJV)

He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.


Mark 5:39 (KJV)

And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 


Luke 8:52 (KJV)

And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.



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Praise the LORD.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!

~ Psalm 147:1


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