Scripture Verse

In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11


Johan O. Wallin (1779–1839)

Words: Jo­han O. Wall­in, 1819 (Glädje utan Gud ej finnes); trans­lat­or un­known.

Music: Glädje Utan Gud Ej Finnes Gus­taf Dü­ben (1628–1690) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the trans­lat­or, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Düben (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Only God can bring us gladness,
Only God can give us peace;
Joys are vain that end in sadness,
Joy divine shall ne­ver cease.
Mid the shade of want and sorrow
Undisturbed, our hearts rejoice;
Patient, wait the brighter morrow;
Faithful, heed the Fa­ther’s voice.

As the stars in order going,
All-harmonious, He doth move;
Heavenly calm and comfort showing,
Comes the healing word of love.
Who the word of wisdom heareth
Feels the Fa­ther Love within,
Where as dawn the shadow cleareth,
Love outshines the night of sin.

So we find the true atonement,
Know in God the perfect Friend;
For in love is our atonement,
Where all hearts in Him may blend.
Here from prisoning pain and sorrow
Have we all a sure release,
Only God can bring us gladness,
Only God can give us peace.