1 Joy and gladness! Joy and gladness!
O happy day!
Ev'ry thought of sin and sadness
chase, chase away.
Heard ye not the angels telling,
Christ the Lord of might excelling
on the earth with us is dwelling,
clad in our clay?
2 Son of Mary (blessed mother),
thy love we claim;
Son of God, our elder brother
(O gentle name!)
to thy Father's throne ascended,
with thine own his glory blended,
thou art, all thy trials ended,
ever the same.
3 In thy holy footsteps treading,
guide, lest we stray;
from thy word of promise shedding
light on our way,
never leave us nor forsake us;
like thyself in mercy make us,
and at last to glory take us,
Jesus, we pray.
Bethune, George Washington, D.D. A very eminent divine of the Reformed Dutch body, born in New York, 1805, graduated at Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Phila., 1822, and studied theology at Princeton. In 1827 he was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rinebeck, New York. In 1830 passed to Utica, in 1834 to Philadelphia, and in 1850 to the Brooklyn Heights, New York. In 1861 he visited Florence, Italy, for his health, and died in that city, almost suddenly after preaching, April 27, 1862. His Life and Letters were edited by A. R. Van Nest, 1867. He was offered the Chancellorship of New York University, and the Provostship of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined. His works include The Fruits of the Spirit, 1839; Ser… Go to person page >