1 All hail the glad and welcome day
Which ends the happy year.
The story of the Sabbaths past
We meet with joy to hear.
In heav’nly mansions by and by,
When breaks the golden morn,
In crowns of life the stars will shine,
Their beauty to adorn.
2 And here below, the record shows
These bright and shining seals;
Each star that clusters ’round the name,
The faithful life reveals.
The passing weeks have found us still
Where precious truths are learned;
To Sunday School and God’ s house
Our willing feet have turned.
3 The golden texts, of priceless worth,
Are hidden in the heart;
And daily readings of the Word
Reveal the better part.
With grateful hearts we lift to God
Our songs of love and praise,
For pastor, teachers, lessons, truths,
And joys that crown the days.
Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >
Display Title: Anniversary SongFirst Line: All hail the glad and welcome dayTune Title: NAPAAuthor: Julia H. JohnstonMeter: CMDSource: Bible Study Songs, by Bertha F. Vella and Daniel. B. Towner (Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1899)