Beams of heaven as I go (‘Some Day’)
Beams of heaven as I go (‘Some Day’). Charles Albert Tindley* (1851-1933).
‘Some Day’ is an evocative and emotional title which connects with other hymns, such as ‘We shall overcome’* of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s (a development of Tindley’s ‘I shall overcome someday’), and with many ‘By and by’* hymns, including Tindley’s ‘We'll understand it better by and by’*. Early printings, such as the one in Soul Echoes (Philadelphia, 1909) mark the hymn as ‘copyright, 1906’. The title is taken from the refrain:
I do not know how long ’twill be, nor what the future holds for me, But this I know if Jesus leads me, I shall get home some day.
The hymn had four stanzas (1909 text):
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