John Samuel Bewley Monsell (b. St. Colomb's, Londonderry, Ireland, 1811; d. Guilford, Surrey, England, 1875) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and served as a chaplain and rector of several churches in Ireland after his ordination in 1835. Transferred to England in 1853, he became rector of Egham in Surrey and was rector of St. Nicholas Church in Guilford from 1870 until his death (caused by a construction accident at his church). A prolific poet, Monsell published his verse in eleven volumes. His three hundred hymns, many celebrating the seasons of the church year, were issued in collections such as Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems (1837), Spiritual Songs (1857), Hymns of Love and Praise (1863), and The Parish Hymnal (1873).
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Alway in the Lord rejoice. J. S. B. Monsell. [Joy in the Lord.] Written in Italy and first published in his Spiritual Songs, 1857 and 1875, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It is based on the Epistle for the 4th Sunday in Advent. It has not come into common use in Great Britain. In the American College Hymnal, N. Y., 1876, No. 314, st. i.-iv. and vii. are given with slight alteration.