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O for a shout of joy

O for a shout of joy

Author: J. Young
Published in 52 hymnals

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1 Oh, for a shout of joy,
Worthy the theme we sing!
To this divine employ
Our hearts and voices bring:
Sound, sound through all the earth abroad,
The love, the eternal love of God.

2 Unnumbered myriads stand,
Of seraphs bright and fair,
Or bow at thy right hand,
And pay their homage there;
But strive in vain with loudest chord,
To sound thy wondrous love, O Lord.

3 Yet sinners saved by grace,
In songs of lower key,
In every age and place,
Have sung the mystery--
Have told in strains of sweet accord
Thy love, thy sovereign love, O Lord.

4 Though earth and hell assail,
And doubts and fears arise,
The weakest shall prevail,
And grasp the heavenly prize,
And through an endless age record
Thy love, thy changeless love, O Lord.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #94

Author: J. Young

Young, J. Under this signature two hymns are given in the American Baptist Psalmist, 1843: (1) "O for a shout of joy" (God's Eternal Love), No. 157, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines; and (2) "O Holy Lord, our God" (On behalf of Ministers), No. 952, in 4 stanzas of 7 lines. Both are still in common use. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >



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