Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.@James 1:2-4

William E. Marks, in Living Praise No. 2, edited by Charles H. Gabriel & W. W. Dowling (St. Louis, Missouri: Christian Publishing Company, 1906) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William E. Marks (1872-1954)

Count it all joy to bear the cross of Jesus!
Just a little burden for the Master’s sake;
Soon there will be exceeding weight of glory
For His tried and faithful servants to partake.

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Count it all joy, count it all joy,
Count it joy to serve the Lord from day to day;
Count it all joy to bear the cross of Jesus,
All things work for good to those who love the Lord.

Count it all joy when sorely tried and tempted!
He has promised grace to help in time of need;
Trusting in God, press ever on to conquer,
He will always prove to be a friend indeed.

Refrain

Count it all joy when walking thro’ the valley!
Even in the night the Lord will give a song;
Jesus can turn thy sorrow into gladness;
Praise and honor unto Him for aye belong.

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