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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

Come, Lift Your Joyous Eyes

Representative Text

1 Come, lift your joyous eyes
To yonder heav’nly place.
Where, freed from sin, your souls shall rise,
And sing redeeming grace.

2 Though death and hell may frown,
And charge the saints with guilt;
Yet death and hell shall ne’er pull down
The Church which Christ has built.

3 To Sion’s blissful shore,
As on our way we go,
While hallelujahs sound before,
’Tis Heav’n begun below.

4 Then cast your willows down;
List up your hearts and sing,
Till Christ your heads with glory crown,
And make each saint a king.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12095

Author: Joseph Swain

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:— (1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, lift your joyous eyes
Title: Come, Lift Your Joyous Eyes
Author: Joseph Swain
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Source: Walworth Hymns (London: J. Matthews, 1792)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

SILVER STREET

Although this tune is widely attributed to Isaac Smith and was published in Smiths Collection of Psalm Tunes, London, ca. 1780, Smith does not claim to be the composer. The tune also appeared in other books of similar or earlier date. Southern Harmony, 1835 attributes the tune to J. Street. - From T…

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