Scripture Verse

We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

Introduction

Words: Mrs. Sharp­less, in Good­ly Pearls, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & John Hood (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1875), num­ber 18, alt.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
William J. Kirkpatrick
1838–1921

Lyrics

Oh, joyfully, joyfully, onward we go;
We see not our path, but our leader we know;
And where’er He may guide us, thro’ shadow or sun,
Ever joyfully, joyfully, follow we on.

Refrain

Joyfully, joyfully, forward we go,
Joyfully leaving all sorrow below;
Onward and upward, tho’ Satan assail;
Joyfully onward, thro’ Christ we’ll prevail.

Tho’ trials assail us, and dangers affright,
And nearer, still nearer, comes death’s awful night,
Yet what shall dismay us, when close at our side,
Stands He who can help us, our Savior and guide.

Refrain

Then onward, still onward, on life’s varied track,
In hope we press on, nor look mournfully back;
With our Savior beside us to point out the way,
We’ll joyfully speed us thro’ life’s little day.

Refrain