A Song of Joy

The sweetest song my heart ever sung

Author: Henry L. Gilmour
Tune: [The sweetest song my heart ever sung]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The sweetest song my heart e’er sung
Was one about my Lord;—
Of pardon free He gave to me,
When I believed His word.

O hallelujah! Jesus saves;
His blood avails for me.
O hallelujah! praise the Lord;
He sets His people free.

2 The hallelujahs, of that hour
Have never passed away,
For Christ abides, whate’er betides;
My soul’s aglow today. [Refrain]

3 No harps on willow branches hang,
But all in tune for God;
My bounding soul, while ages roll,
Will shout His praise abroad. [Refrain]

4 No Babylonian rivers now
Flow by me when I weep;
For tears of joy, without allow,
Are mine while Christ doth keep. [Refrain]

5 Tho’ trials come, and troubles too,
Temptations press severe,
My Jesus is a conqueror,
And tells me not to fear. [Refrain]

6 And still the carol of my soul,
From early morn till night,
Is, “whosoever will may come,”
“And walk with me in white.” [Refrain]

Source: Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #152

Author: Henry L. Gilmour

Henry Lake Gilmour United Kingdom 1836-1920. Born at Londonderry, Ireland, he emigrated to America as a teenager, thinking he wanted to learn navigation. When he reached the U.S., he arrived in Philadelphia and decided to seek his fortune in America. He started working as a painter, then served in the American Civil War, where he was captured and spent several months in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA. He married Letitia Pauline Howard in 1858. After the war he trained as a dentist and did that for many years. In 1869 he moved to Wenonah, NJ, and helped found the Methodist church there in 1885. He served as Sunday school superintendent and, for four decades, directed the choir at the Pittman Grove Camp Meeting, also working as song leade… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The sweetest song my heart ever sung
Title: A Song of Joy
Author: Henry L. Gilmour
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O hallelujah Jesus saves
Copyright: Public Domain


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Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #152

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