Great was the day, the joy was great. I. Watts. [Whitsuntide—Missions.] From his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book ii., No. 144, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, into a few modern collections. In the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, No. 287, the lines:—
"Go, and assert your Saviour's cause;
Go, spread the mystery of His Cross,"
are changed to:—
" Go, and your Saviour's Cross proclaim:
Go, teach all nations in my Name."
This change is not generally adopted.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)