1 We are come with joy and gladness,
Once again, our God and King,
To recall thy loving kindness,
And our festal hymns to sing.
With a fresh and strong devotion,
Every heart do thou inspire,
That each spark of love may brighten
Into flame of holy fire.
Onward go to serve the Master!
Every gift and talent bring,
That with zeal and skill we may do his will;
We are servants of the King.
2 We are come, a band of singers;
There are weary ones and sad,
And we bring our cheerful music
And our songs to make them glad.
There is hope and joy eternal
For the world’s despondent throng;
We are come, a band of singers,
To proclaim the news in song. [Refrain]
3 We are come, a band of workers;
We would bring both heart and brain
To the service of the Saviour,
That his will in all may reign.
Then forever and forever
Will the right have conquered wrong,
And the world shall change its sighing,
Into glad, triumphant song. [Refrain]
Walmsley, Robert, was b. at Manchester March 18, 1831, went to Sale in 1870, where he was till 1904 in business as a jeweller, and d. at Sale Oct. 30, 1905. He was a Congregationalist, and was for 28 years connected with the work of the Manchester Sunday School Union, many of his hymns being written for the annual Whitweek Festival. He published 44 of them, with a preface dated Dec. 1900, as Sacred Songs for Children of all Ages. They are simple, musical, full of a deep love of God, of the works of God in nature, and of little children, and deserve to be more extensively used. The best-known of the longer hymns are:—
1. O praise our God to-day; Ye people haste to pay. [Praise to God.] Dated 1899, and included in his Sacred Songs, &… Go to person page >