[O happy day that fixed my choice] (Rimbault)

Composer (attributed to): Edward F. Rimbault

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Tune Information

Composer (attributed to): Edward F. Rimbault (1854)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 51235 12334 32132
Key: F Major or modal
Source: William McDonald's Wesleyan Sacred Harp
Copyright: Public Domain


This tune is likely the work of the composers named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list above.

William J. Reynolds, in his Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976) writes as follows:

“Happy Day appeared in William McDonald’s Wesleyan Sacred Harp (Boston, 1854), set to “Jesus, my All, to heaven is gone” with the present refrain, “Happy day, happy day, When Jesus washed my sins away!” Doddridge’s hymn was given as an alternate text. It is quite possible that the tune was known prior to this date and appeared in earlier collections. McCutchan indicates that the hymn tune refrain is from a song by Edward F. Rimbault, entitled “Happy Land.” More than likely the rest of the tune was the work of some anonymous musician or musicians.” (p.161)


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #439
Text: O Happy Day That Fixed My Choice
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #457
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4944
Text: O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Timeless Truths #1106
Text: O Happy Day
  • O_Happy_Day.pdf (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #391
Text: O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #368
Text: O Happy Day


Instances (1 - 19 of 19)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #359TextFlexScorePage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #439TextFlexScoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #574TextFlexScorePage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #457ScoreAudio
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #297
Hymns of Faith #214TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #275Page Scan
Sing Joyfully #350TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #459Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #212
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #498TextFlexScorePage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #4944TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #532TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #246
The United Methodist Hymnal #391TextFlexScoreAudio
The Worshiping Church #504TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #1106TextAudio
Worship and Rejoice #368TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #227
Include 188 pre-1979 instances