Happy Are They

Happy are they, they that love God

Author: Charles Coffin; Paraphraser: Robert Bridges (1899)
Tune: BINCHESTER
Published in 24 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Happy are they, they that love God,
whose hearts have Christ confest,
who by his cross have found their life,
and 'neath his yoke their rest.

2 Glad is the praise, sweet are the songs,
when they together sing;
and strong the prayers that bow the ear
of heaven's eternal King.

3 Christ to their homes giveth his peace,
and makes their loves his own:
but ah, what tares the evil one
hath in his garden sown!

4 Sad were our lot, evil this earth,
did not its sorrows prove
the path whereby the sheep may find
the fold of Jesus' love.

5 Then shall they know, they that love him,
how all their pain is good;
and death itself cannot unbind
their happy brotherhood.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #653

Author: Charles Coffin

Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words. "In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >

Paraphraser: Robert Bridges

Bridges, Robert Seymour, M.A., son of J. J. Bridges, of Walmer, Kent, was b. Oct. 23, 1844, and educated at Eton and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A. 1867, M.A. 1874). He took his M.A. in 1874, but retired from practice in 1882, and now (1906) resides at Yattendon, Berks. He is the author of many poems and plays. He edition and contributed to the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899 (originally printed at the Oxford Univ. Press in parts—Nos. 1-25, 1895; 26-50, 1897; 51-75, 1898; 76-100, 1899). [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Happy are they, they that love God
Title: Happy Are They
Latin Title: O quam juvat, fratres, Deus
Paraphraser: Robert Bridges (1899)
Author: Charles Coffin
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #653

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #285

Church Family Worship #125

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #649

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #456

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #262

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #176

Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #711

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #473

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #195

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Rejoice in the Lord #524

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The Cyber Hymnal #2176

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The New English Hymnal #369

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