Category Archives: Joy

No. 150

No title is given for this hymn. “Lays” is an old word for “songs” or “hymns”. I really like that the author of this hymn has the last name “Medley”.

Verse 1:
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays,
And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise;
He justly claims a song from me,
His loving-kindness is so free.

Verse 2:
Through mighty hosts of cruel foes,
Where earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along,
His loving-kindness is so strong.

Verse 3:
So when I pass death’s gloomy vale,
And life and mortal powers shall fail,
Oh, may my last expiring breath
His loving-kindness sing in death.

Verse 4:
Then shall I mount and soar away
To the bright world of endless day;
There shall I sing, with sweet surprise,
His loving-kindness in the skies.

Rev. Samuel Medley


No. 134 Following Jesus

Verse 1:
Following Jesus day by day,
Walking with Him the narrow way;
Close to His steps our feet shall cling,
Following Jesus while we sing.

Following, following ev’ry day,
Following Christ in the heavenly way;
Following, following all our lives long,
Following Jesus with service and song.

Verse 2:
Following Jesus, leaving all,
Glad to obey His heav’nly call;
Freely our lives to Him we bring,
Following Jesus while we sing.

Verse 3:
Following Him and growing strong,
Doing the right and shunning wrong;
Safe from the tempter, ‘neath His wing,
Following Jesus while we sing.

Verse 4:
Following Him while life is giv’n,
Following Christ to home in heav’n;
Sweeter our praises there shall ring,
Following Jesus while we sing.

Rev. A.A. Hoskin/W.S. Pitts

No. 116 Jesus has Entered My Soul

Verse 1:
My heart it is bright with a heavenly light,
For Jesus has entered my soul;
The darkness and night have taken their flight,
For Jesus has entered my soul.

Yes, Jesus has entered my soul,
Jesus has entered my soul;
And my heart it is bright with a heavenly light,
For Jesus has entered my soul.

Verse 2:
The treasure of heav’n unto me has been giv’n,
For Jesus has entered my soul;
My heart has a joy which naught can destroy,
For Jesus has entered my soul.

Verse 3:
No love can compare with the love that is there,
For Jesus has entered my soul
No ill can betide, no sorrow abide,
For Jesus has entered my soul.

David C. Cook/T. Martin Towne


No. 111 Come, Ye that Love the Lord

Verse 1:
Come, ye that love the Lord,
And let your joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
While ye surround the throne.

Verse 2:
Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But children of the heav’nly King
May speak their joys abroad.

Verse 3:
There we shall see His face,
And never, never sin;
There, from the rivers of His grace,
Drink endless pleasures in.

Verse 4:
Then let our songs abound,
And ev’ry tear by dry;
We’re marching thro’ Immanuel’s ground
To fairer worlds on high.

Isaac Watts, arranged


Tell It Again

Today, I received a lot of hymnals I had purchased in an on-line auction. One of them is titled, “Sunny Songs for Little Folks No. 1” and was published in 1908. Whenever I get a new hymnal, I flip through it to see if it has any songs I don’t know. This song impressed me greatly. I pray that we will work so that, when the Saviour returns, no one will be able to say, “Nobody ever has told me before!”.

Verse 1:
Into the tent where a gypsy boy lay,
Dying alone at the close of the day,
News of salvation we carried;–said he,
“Nobody ever has told it to me!”

Tell it again! tell it again!
Salvation’s story repeat o’er and o’er,
Till none can say of the children of men,
“Nobody ever has told me before!”

Verse 2:
“Did he so love me, a poor little boy?
Send unto me the good tidings of joy?
Need I not perish? my hand will he hold?
Nobody ever the story has told!”

Verse 3:
Bending, we caught the last words of his breath,
Just as he entered the valley of death,
“God sent me his Son!” “whosoever,” said he;
“Then I am sure that he sent him for me!”

Verse 4:
Smiling, he said, as his last sigh he spent,
“I am so glad that for me he was sent!”
Whispered, while low sank the sun in the west,
“Lord, I believe,” “tell it now to the rest!”

Mrs. M.B.C. Slade/R.M. McIntosh


No. 90: Opening Hymn

“Today” again, in transition to one word from two. A new linguistic note from this hymn; “ever-blessed” is still two words as seen in Verse 2. Currently, the spelling in quotes is considered correct. I wonder how long it will stay this way before becoming a single word as so many other two-word combinations did in the last century.

Verse 1:
We have come to seek a blessing
In our Father’s house to-day;
All His wondrous love confessing,
At the throne of grace we pray;
For His guidance we implore Him,
For the wisdom from above,
And with grateful hearts adore Him,
For His goodness and His love.

Verse 2:
Joyfully our songs ascending
To the ever blessed One,
With the angel notes are blending,
As they chant around the throne.
Gladly to the open portal,
All our off’rings now we bring;
Heirs are we to life immortal,
Subjects of a heav’nly King.

Verse 3:
At the bell’s sweet chime we gather,
In the house of praise and pray’r,
Children of one loving Father,
Guarded by His tender care;
May we sing the precious story
Of a Savior’s wondrous love,
With the ransom’d saints in glory,
In our Father’s house above.

J.F. Hall


No. 87: Jesus, the Light of the World

Verse 1:
Hark! the Herald angels sing,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Glory to the newborn King,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright,
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 2:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Join the triumphs of the skies,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 3:
Christ by highest heav’n adored,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 4:
Hail! the heav’n-born Prince of peace,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Hail the sun of righteousness,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

G.D.E./Geo. D. Elderkin