1 There is joy among the angels,
There's a mighty shout of rapture;
Far beyond the pearly gates the news has come
Of a sinner now repenting,
To the gospel word consenting,
Of a contrite soul that seeks its better home.
Joy, joy, joy, joy in heav'n,
Souls are seeking now the living way;
There is joy, joy, joy, joy among the angels;
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2 There is joy among the angels
By the shining, crystal river,
For a wand'ring one is safe within the fold;
For the Shepherd sought and found him,
And the arms of love around him;
Hear the music grandly ring from harps of gold. [Chorus]
3 There is holy joy in heaven
Higher, purer than the angels';
'Tis the Father's heart rejoicing in its love;
'Tis the Saviour-Shepherd singing
O'er the lost one He is bringing,
Bringing to the everlasting home above. [Chorus]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >