The Happy Pilgrim

I saw a happy pilgrim, On Zion's shining road

Author: Mary D. James
Tune: [I saw a happy pilgrim] (Church)
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I saw a happy pilgrim
On Zion’s shining road,
Exulting as he journey’d—
His face with rapture glowed;
He’d passed thro’ fi’ry trials
But only lost the dross,
And all his heavy burdens
He’d left beneath the cross.

Shouting victory! victory!
Vict’ry through the Lamb!
Shouting victory! victory!
All glory to His name.

2 The summer sun was scorching,
But as he traveled on,
His head was overshadowed
Until the heat was gone;
He walked and talked with Jesus,
And leaning on His breast,
His sheltering wings above him,
He found the sweetest rest. [Chorus]

3 And soon he came to Beulah,
Where all the air is love,
Where sweet refreshing breezes
Comes from the world above;
He heard celestial music—
The grand triumphant song
Of ransomed ones in glory—
The holy, blood-washed throng. [Chorus]

4 I saw him in the valley
Death’s shadow drawing nigh,
And still he sang exulting,
For it “is gain to die;”
And when to Jordan’s river
The pilgrim’s feet had come,
‘Twas but a step to cross it,
And he was safe at home. [Chorus]

5 Then, at the pearly portals
I saw the white-robed band
Greet him with shouts of welcome
Into the glory-land!
O, then, what rapture thrilled him
To look on Jesus’ face,
And cast his crown before Him,
Who saved him by His grace. [Chorus]

Source: Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #178

Author: Mary D. James

Born: August 10, 1810, Trenton, New Jersey. Died: October 4, 1883, New York City. Buried: Mercer Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey. When she was 13 years old, James began teaching Sunday school in the Methodist Episcopal church. She became a prominent figure in the Wesleyan Holiness movement, assisting Phoebe Palmer, and often leading meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and elsewhere. She wrote about 50 hymns, and articles by her appeared in the Guide to Holiness, the New York Christian Advocate, The Contributor, The Christian Witness, The Christian Woman, The Christian Standard, and the Ocean Grove Record. Her works include: The Soul Winner: A Sketch of Life and Fact and Incidents in the Life and Labors of Edmund J. Yard, 1883… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I saw a happy pilgrim, On Zion's shining road
Title: The Happy Pilgrim
Author: Mary D. James
Refrain First Line: Shouting victory, victory



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Gospel Praise Book, enlarged ed. #d64

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Gospel Praise Book. #178

The Gem of Gems #d68

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