The way of pleasantness

How straight the path appears

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: [How straight the path appears]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 How straight the path appears,
How open and how fair;
In wisdom’s ways of pleasantness
No fell destroyers are.

Come, join, come, join,
To swell the happy throng,
Ye pilgrims in Jehovah’s ways,
With music pass along.

2 See flowers of paradise
In rich profusion spring,
The sun of glory gilds the path,
And dear companions sing. [Refrain]

3 See Salem’s golden spires
In beauteous prospect rise,
And, brighter crowns that mortals wear,
Which sparkle through the skies. [Refrain]

4 All honor to his name,
Who marks the shining way;
To him who leads the wand’rer on
To realms of endless day. [Refrain]

Source: Wondrous Love: A Collection of Songs and Services for Sunday Schools #34

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: How straight the path appears
Title: The way of pleasantness
Author: Philip Doddridge
Refrain First Line: Come join, come join, to swell the happy throng
Copyright: Public Domain


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