1 Oh, be joyful in the Lord
For his love like sunshine poured,
For the arms of might that compass us around;
For the “present help” so sure,
For the mercies that endure,
Let the cheerful notes of praise resound.
Oh, be joyful in the Lord,
And the welcome tidings tell,
Like a gladly ringing chorus,
Like a sweetly chiming bell;
That he makes his people happy,
That he “doeth all things well,”
Oh, be joyful in the Lord.
2 Oh, be joyful in the Lord;
Swell the grand thanksgiving chord,
For the uttermost salvation bless his name!
For the privilege of prayer,
For the blessings all may share,
Sing his goodness, and his grace proclaim. [Refrain]
3 Oh, be joyful in the Lord
For the promise-bearing Word,
Like a beacon-light that shines across the sea;
It will guide us till we come
To the everlasting home,
Till we join the endless jubilee. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >