A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. Proverbs 15:13
Words: Fanny Crosby, in Royal Diadem, edited by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York: Biglow & Main, 1873), number 82.
Music: Brasília Robert Lowry, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Let our hearts be always cheerful;
Why should murmuring enter there,
When our kind and loving Father
Makes us children of His care?
Always cheerful, always cheerful!
Sunshine all around we see;
Full of beauty is the path of duty,
Cheerful may we always be.
With His gentle hand to lead us,
Should the powers of sin assail,
He has promised grace to help us;
Never can His promise fail.
When we turn aside from duty,
Comes the path of doing wrong;
And a shadow, creeping o’er us,
Checks the rapture of our song.
Oh! the good are always happy,
And their path is ever bright;
Let us heed the blessèd counsel,
Shun the wrong and love the right.