On Our Way Rejoicing

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1 On our way rejoicing,
As we homeward move,
Hearken to our praises,
O Thou God of love!
Is there grief or sadness?
Thine it cannot be!
Is our sky beclouded?
Clouds are not from Thee!
On our way rejoicing,
As we homeward move,
Hearken to our praises,
O Thou God of love!

2 If with honest-hearted
Love for God and man,
Day by day Thou find us
Doing what we can,
Thou Who giv'st the seed-time
Wilt give large increase,
Crown the head with blessings,
Fill the heart with peace.
On our way rejoicing,
As we homeward move,
Hearken to our praises,
O Thou God of love!

3 On our way rejoicing
Gladly let us go;
Conquered hath our Leader!
Vanquished is our foe!
Christ without, our safety;
Christ within, our joy;
Who, if we be faithful,
Can our hope destroy?
On our way rejoicing,
As we homeward move,
Hearken to our praises,
O Thou God of love!

4 Unto God the Father
Joyful songs we sing;
Unto God the Saviour
Thankful hearts we bring;
Unto God the Spirit
Bow we and adore,
On our way rejoicing
Now and evermore.
On our way rejoicing,
As we homeward move,
Hearken to our praises,
O Thou God of love!

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: John S. B. Monsell

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (b. St. Colomb's, Londonderry, Ireland, 1811; d. Guilford, Surrey, England, 1875) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and served as a chaplain and rector of several churches in Ireland after his ordination in 1835. Transferred to England in 1853, he became rector of Egham in Surrey and was rector of St. Nicholas Church in Guilford from 1870 until his death (caused by a construction accident at his church). A prolific poet, Monsell published his verse in eleven volumes. His three hundred hymns, many celebrating the seasons of the church year, were issued in collections such as Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems (1837), Spiritual Songs (1857), Hymns of Love and Praise (1863), and The Parish Hymnal (1873). Bert P… Go to person page >

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First Line: On our way rejoicing
Title: On Our Way Rejoicing
Author: John S. B. Monsell (1863)
Meter: 6.5.6.5 D
Language: English

Notes

On our way rejoicing as we homeward [onward] move. J. S. B. Monsell. [Joy.] Appeared in his Hymns of Love and Praise, 1863, p. 124, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and appointed for the 1st Sunday after Trinity. It was rewritten by him for his Parish Hymnal, 1873, No. 155, the principal change being the addition of the first four lines from stanza i., as a refrain to each stanza. These changes were made to adapt the hymn as a Processional, and appeared elsewhere before the Parish Hymnal.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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