Scripture Verse

It is the jubilee. Leviticus 25:12

Introduction

Words: R. C. Fraim, in Gems of Praise, by John Swe­ney (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Book Room, 1876), pag­es 10–11.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Fraim’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Welcome, welcome, gladly welcome,
To the children’s Jubilee;
Here we meet, with joy to greet you,
Happy meeting may it be;
May our hearts be overflowing,
Full of joyous melody;
Each to each our love be showing,
’Tis the children’s Jubilee.

Refrain

Welcome, welcome,
Welcome, yes, welcome,
Happy welcome to all, yes to all;
Welcome, welcome,
Welcome, yes, welcome,
Happy welcome to all, yes to all.

Welcome, welcome, sweetly welcome!
Songs of joy, and beams of light;
Gild the golden ties of friendship,
Blending all our hearts tonight;
Sweetly may the strains of music,
Fill our minds with thoughts sublime;
Lift us higher, make us purer,
All our hearts in love combine.

Refrain

Welcome, welcome! Parents, teachers,
Freely join our songs of glee,
Banish every thought of sadness,
’Tis the children’s Jubilee.
Who may sing, if not the children?
Let us join their merry song;
Youthful hearts may utter praises,
Glad’ning even the angel throng.

Refrain

Welcome! welcome! singing welcome!
Thanks we raise, O Lord, to Thee!
Thou hast kindly, gently led us,
Brought us to our Jubilee.
When we come to Jordan’s river,
Gazing on the other shore,
May we find a hearty welcome,
Welcome where we’ll part no more.

Refrain