By the shining shores of life'a beautiful river, Where the morning gleams on ita bright waves quiver A bark lay rocking upon the tide ; We stood on the white snnds, John and I, And he whispered, "Dear heart, shall we sail together All the long, long day, with its changeful weather, Till we land by and by on the other aide ? " My heart and my voice made swift reply, ' We will cross together, love, you and I, Over the tide to the other side, To that beautiful ' by and by ! '" i'hrough all the day, with ita sweet, bright morning, [t3 darkening noon with its clouds of warning, lts evening of lulling, dreamy rest, We have breasted the billows, John and I ; And I whiaper, " Dear heart, we ahall land together, Unharraed and unchilled by the changeful weather ; See, our sun goea down in a golden weat ! The spray of the storm that beat ao high las but frosted the hair and dimmed the eye ; And lo ! on the sands of yon nightless lands Is ovr beautiful ' bv and bv ! ' "