Joy fills our inmost hearts today!

Joy fills our inmost hearts today!

Author: W. Chatterton Dix (~1865)
Tune: GAUDETE
Published in 45 hymnals

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1 Joy fills our inmost hearts to-day!
The royal Child is born;
And angel hosts in glad array
His Advent keep this morn.
Rejoice, rejoice! Th'incarnate Word
Has come on earth to dwell;
No sweeter sound than this is heard,
Emmanuel!

2 Low at the cradle throne we bend,
We wonder and adore;
And feel no bliss can ours transcend,
No joy was sweet before.
Rejoice, rejoice! Th'incarnate Word
Has come on earth to dwell;
No sweeter sound than this is heard,
Emmanuel!

3 For us the world must lose its charms
Before the manger shrine,
When, folded in Thy mother's arms,
We see Thee, Babe divine.
Rejoice, rejoice! Th'incarnate Word
Has come on earth to dwell;
No sweeter sound than this is heard,
Emmanuel!

4 Thou Light of uncreated Light,
Shine on us, Holy Child;
That we may keep Thy birthday bright,
With service undefiled.
Rejoice, rejoice! Th'incarnate Word
Has come on earth to dwell;
No sweeter sound than this is heard,
Emmanuel!

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: W. Chatterton Dix

Dix, William Chatterton, son of John Dix, surgeon, of Bristol, author of the Life of Chatterton; Local Legends, &c, born at Bristol, June 14, 1837, and educated at the Grammar School of that city. Mr. Chatterton Dix's contributions to modern hymnody are numerous and of value. His fine Epiphany hymn, "As with gladness men of old,” and his plaintive ”Come unto Me, ye weary," are examples of his compositions, many of which rank high amongst modern hymns. In his Hymns of Love and Joy, 1861, Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist, 1867; Vision of All Saints, &c, 1871; and Seekers of a City, 1878, some of his compositions were first published. The greater part, however, were contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern; St. Raphaels Hymnbook, 186… Go to person page >

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First Line: Joy fills our inmost hearts today!
Author: W. Chatterton Dix (~1865)
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6.8.4
Language: English

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