Happy Day

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Solo: (Oh, happy day,)
Choir: Oh, happy day,
Solo: (oh, happy day,)
Choir: oh, happy day,
Solo: (when Jesus washed,)
when Jesus washed,
(oh, when he washed,)
when Jesus washed,
(when Jesus washed,)
when Jesus washed,
(he washed my sins away.)
oh, happy day, oh, happy day.
He taught me how to watch, fight, and pray,
fight, and pray,
and live rejoicing ev'ry day, ev'ry day.
(Oh, happy day,)
Oh, happy day,
(oh, happy day,
oh, happy day,
(oh, happy day.
oh, happy day.

Source: Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #772

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: O happy day, that fixed my choice
Title: Happy Day
Author: Philip Doddridge (1755)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Happy day, happy day!
Publication Date: 1755
Notes: The original title reads, "Rejoicing in our Covenant-Engagements to God. 2 Chron. xv. 15" (Hymns Founded on Various Texts, 1755).
Copyright: Public Domain


[O happy day that fixed my choice] (Rimbault)

This tune is likely the work of the composers named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list above. William J. Reynolds, in his Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976) writes as follows: “Happy Day appeared in William McDonald’s Wesleyan Sacred Harp (Boston, 1854),…

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