Scripture Verse

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11


Words: Ma­ry E. Ser­voss, in Sac­red Songs and So­los: Nos 1. and 2. Com­bined, by Ira D. San­key (Lon­don: Mor­gan & Scott, 1880), num­ber 291.

Music: James Mc­Gra­na­han (1840–1907) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ser­voss (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

James McGranahan (1840–1907)



Be glad in the Lord, and re­joice,
All ye that are up­right in heart;
And ye that have made Him your choice,
Bid sad­ness and sor­row de­part.


Rejoice, re­joice,
Be glad in the Lord and re­joice;
Rejoice, re­joice,
Be glad in the Lord and re­joice.

Be joy­ful, for He is the Lord,
On earth and in Hea­ven su­preme;
He fa­shions and rules by His word—
The ‘Migh­ty’ and ‘Strong’ to re­deem.


What though in the con­flict for right
Your ene­mies al­most pre­vail?
God’s ar­mies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which as­sail.


Though dark­ness sur­round you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’er­cast,
Let no­thing your spi­rit dis­may,
But trust till the dan­ger is past.


Be glad in the Lord, and re­joice,
His prais­es pro­claim­ing in song;
With harp and with or­gan and voice
The loud hal­le­lu­jahs pro­long!