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Rejoice and Be Glad

Rejoice and be glad, the Redeemer has come

Author: Horatius Bonar
Published in 154 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Rejoice and be glad!
The Redeemer has come!
Go look on His cradle,
His cross and His tomb.

Sound His praises!
Tell the story
Of Him who was slain!
Sound His praises!
Tell with gladness
He liveth again!

2 Rejoice and be glad!
Now the pardon is free!
The Just for the unjust
Has died on the tree. [Refrain]

3 Rejoice and be glad!
For the Lamb that was slain
O’er death is triumphant,
And liveth again. [Refrain]

4 Rejoice and be glad!
For our Lord is on high:
He pleadeth for us on
His throne in the sky! [Refrain]

5 Rejoice and be glad!
For He cometh again!
He cometh in glory,–
The Lamb that was slain. [Refrain]

Source: His Fullness Songs #28

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Rejoice and be glad, the Redeemer has come
Title: Rejoice and Be Glad
Author: Horatius Bonar
Meter: 11.11.wR
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sound his praises, tell the story
Copyright: Public Domain


Rejoice and be glad, the Redeemer has come. H. Bonar. [Praise of Jesus.] Written for I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, circa 1875. From that collection it has passed into a large number of Sunday School hymnbooks, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The common attribution to John J. Husband is based on a brief resemblance to his tune ST. STEPHEN'S, first published in Psalmodia Evangelica, vol. 2 (1789), but the resemblance only extends to the first two measures. These tunes should not be regarded as the same. This gospel/revival tune was writte…

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