Rejoice in God, the word commands

Rejoice in God, the word commands

Author: Joseph Swain
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 Rejoice in God, the word commands,
And fain would I obey;
Yet still my spirit lingering stands,
While doubts impede my way.

2 How can my soul exult for joy,
Which feels this load of sin?
And how can praise my tongue employ,
While darkness reigns within?

3 Whence should my lips give rapture birth,
When I no rapture feel?
Or how should notes of heavenly mirth,
Sound from a breast of steel?

4 If falling tears and rising sighs,
In triumph share a part;
Then, Lord, behold these streaming eyes,
And search this bleeding heart!

5 My soul forgets to use her wings;
My harp neglected lies;
For sin has broken all its strings,
And guilt shuts out my joys.

6 The power, the sweetness, of thy voice,
Alone my heart can move;
Make me in Christ my Lord rejoice,
And melt my soul to love.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #287

Author: Joseph Swain

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:— (1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting… Go to person page >

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First Line: Rejoice in God, the word commands
Author: Joseph Swain

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #287

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d588

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #472

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #472

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #398

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #398

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #398

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #398

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d468

Village Hymns #d446

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