Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!@Philippians 4:4
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Edward H. Plumptre (1821-1891)

Edward H. Plumptre, 1865. This hymn was written for the Peterborough Choral Festival in May of that year, and was first sung in Peterborough Cathedral.

Marion Arthur H. Messiter, 1883 ( pdf nwc). First published in the Hymnal with Music as Used in Trinity Church (New York: 1893).

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Arthur H. Messiter (1834-1916)

Rejoice ye pure in heart;
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.

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Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Bright youth and snow crowned age,
Strong men and maidens meek,
Raise high your free, exultant song,
God’s wondrous praises speak.

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Yes onward, onward still
With hymn, and chant and song,
Through gate, and porch and columned aisle,
The hallowed pathways throng.

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With all the angel choirs,
With all the saints of earth,
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss,
True rapture, noblest mirth.

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Your clear hosannas raise;
And alleluias loud;
Whilst answering echoes upward float,
Like wreaths of incense cloud.

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With voice as full and strong
As ocean’s surging praise,
Send forth the hymns our fathers loved,
The psalms of ancient days.

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Yes, on through life’s long path,
Still chanting as ye go;
From youth to age, by night and day,
In gladness and in woe.

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Still lift your standard high,
Still march in firm array,
As warriors through the darkness toil,
Till dawns the golden day.

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At last the march shall end;
The wearied ones shall rest;
The pilgrims find their heavenly home,
Jerusalem the blessed.

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Then on, ye pure in heart!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing!
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.

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Praise Him who reigns on high,
The Lord whom we adore,
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
One God forevermore.

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