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Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth

Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 154 hymnals

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1 Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth,
O, serve Him with gladness and fear;
Exult in His presence with music and mirth;
With love and devotion draw near.

2 For Jehovah is God, and Jehovah alone,
Creator and Ruler o’er all;
And we are His people, His sceptre we own;
His sheep, and we follow His call.

3 O, enter His gates with thanksgiving and song;
Your vows in His temple proclaim;
His praise with melodious accordance prolong,
And bless His adorable name.

4 For good is the Lord, inexpressibly good,
And we are the work of His hand;
His mercy and truth from eternity stood,
And shall to eternity stand.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #74

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth
Author: James Montgomery


Be joyful in God, all ye lands of the earth. J. Montgomery. [Ps. c.] Published in his Songs of Zion, 1822, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and in his Poetical Works, 1828 and 1846; but omitted from his Original Hymns, 1853. It is not in common use in Great Britain; but in America, from its appearance in the Prayer Book Collection, 1826, to the present, it has been included in numerous hymnals throughout the States. Original text in the American Baptist Praise Book, N. Y., 1871, No. 255.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)