Behind the Hymn: The dear old story of a Savior’s love
The dear old story of a Savior’s love is also referred to as “Sweeter as the Days Go by”.
The hymn was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt. The hymn was published in 1898 in Songs of Love and Praise No. 5.
Following a spinal malady which cut Eliza’s teaching career short, she began to study English literature and write poems for the Calvin Presbyterian Church, where she was a member.
John R. Sweney, the chorister at the church, began to put many of her poems to music.
She wrote well over a thousand hymns, but never kept a records.
It is said this hymn was inspired by Proverbs 4:18 “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”