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

Introduction

Words: Ma­ry E. Ser­voss, in Sac­red Songs and So­los, by Ira D. San­key, 1881.

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

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James McGranahan
(1840–1907)

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

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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.

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

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