You will live a life of gladness

You will live a life of gladness

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [You will live a life of gladness]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 You will live a life of gladness if your heart keeps right;
Tho’ your foes may gather and your friends may slight,
You may find a Friend who’s faithful and who always conquers;
He will help you if your heart keeps right.

If your heart keeps right, if your heart keeps right,
Ev’ry cloud will change to sunshine, darkness turn to light;
You’ll have gladness on your way and a blessing ev’ry day
If the Savior helps you and your heart keeps right.

2 You’ll go singing on life’s pathway if your heart keeps right,
Tho’ the clouds may deepen into shades of night;
For, tho’ night may do for weeping, joy will come with morning,
Bringing sunshine if your heart keeps right. [Refrain]

3 You will always be a blessing if your heart keeps right,
Then the Master’s service will be your delight,
And you never will be lonely for the Lord hath spoken,
“I’ll be with you if your heart keeps right.” [Refrain]

Source: The King of Kings: a choice collection of gospel songs, standard hymns, choruses, children's songs, solos, duets, and quartets together with responsive readings for use in evangelistic meetings... #66

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: You will live a life of gladness
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: If your hearth keeps right
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)
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Herald of Praise #76

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Hymns of Glory No. 2 #119

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Joy to the World #112

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Make Christ King. Combined #72

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The King of Kings #66

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The New Make Christ King #96

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