Happy Day

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1 O happy day that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

Chorus:
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing ev'ry day;
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away.

2 'Tis done-- the great transaction's done;
I am my Lord's, and He is mine;
He drew me and I followed on,
Rejoicing in the call divine. [Chorus]

3 Now rest, my long-divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful center rest;
Here have I found a nobler part,
Here heav'nly pleasures fill my breast. [Chorus]

4 High heav'n that hears the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear;
Till in life's latest hour I bow,
And bless in death a bond so dear. [Chorus]

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #574

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)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
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

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[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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