Scripture Verse

The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. Isaiah 35:10


Words: Ti­na Spen­cer, in Our Praise in Song, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney, Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania: John J. Hood, 1893), num­ber 86.

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

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

William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)


A joyful song I love to sing
Of Je­sus, of Je­sus,
The chords that thro’ my spirit ring,
But speak of precious Je­sus;
The blessèd name I can but sing;
Afar from home He sought me,
And in the fullness of His love,
His great sal­va­tion brought me.


Sing glo­ry, sing glo­ry!
And praise for­ev­er bringing;
The love of Je­sus, precious love!
I cannot keep from singing.

My hope and joy, my sunshine bright,
Is Je­sus, my Je­sus;
His presence is my chief delight,
My heart is filled with Je­sus:
And while that love throbs thro’ and thro’
In bonding pulse of pleasure,
My songs shall be both glad and free,
I would not change the measure.


Oh, come and join the songs I sing,
Of Je­sus, of Je­sus!
And let the glo­ry-anthems ring,
Thro’ all the earth for Je­sus;
Then all a-tune thy soul shall join
The angel choirs of Hea­ven;
The gates of pearl will soon unfurl,
And endless praise be given.