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Joyful Songs

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1 Joyful songs now let us sing,
To our Shepherd, Savior, King.
Joyful songs our voices raise,
God should have our warmest praise.
Joyful songs on earth ascend,
Joyful songs from hearts of love,
To the blessed One above,
And with songs of Heaven blend,
Joyful songs from hearts of love
To the blessed One above.

2 Joyful songs when faint or sad,
Joyful songs will make us glad,
Joyful songs at home, abroad,
Bright'ning all the way to God.
Joyful songs, when death's dark vale
Joyful songs, all dangers past,
We shall sing in Heav'n at last,
Else would make our courage fail;
Joyful songs, all dangers past,
We shall sing in Heav'n at last.

Source: Joyful Songs: a choice collection of new Sunday School music #3

Author: James R. Murray

L.P.M. (1905, April 12). Obituary. New Church Messenger, p.209. Murray.--At Cincinnati, March 10, 1905, James Ramsey Murray. Funeral services in the Church of the New Jersualem, March 13th. James R. Murray was widely known in the musical world as the author of many songs and song books, and in the New Church in Chicago and Cincinnati as an affectionate, intelligent, and loyal New Churchman. He was born in Andover (Ballard Vale), Mass., March 17, 1841. In early life he developed musical talent, and composed many minor pieces for local and special occasions. Later at North Reading, Mass., he attended Dr. George F. Root's School of Music, and was associated with William Bradbury and Dr. Lowell Mason. He enlisted in the Fourteenth Regi… Go to person page >

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First Line: Joyful songs now let us sing
Title: Joyful Songs
Author: James R. Murray
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The tune is from the second chorus of Felix Mendelssohn's (PHH 279) Festgesang (Op. 68) for male voices and brass; it was first performed in 1840 at the Gutenberg Festival in Leipzig, a festival celebrating the anniversary of Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. Mendelssohn's tune is similar…

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