Like a river gloriousAuthor: Frances Ridley Havergal
Tune: WYE VALLEY
Songs of Response
Published in 122 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, SibeliusAudio files: MIDI
1 Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace,
over all victorious in its bright increase:
perfect, yet still flowing fuller every day;
perfect, yet still growing deeper all the way.
Trusting in the Father, hearts are fully blest,
finding, as he promised, perfect peace and rest.
2 Hidden in the hollow of his mighty hand,
where no harm can follow, in his strength we stand.
We may trust him fully all for us to do;
those who trust him wholly find him wholly true. [Refrain]
Psalter Hymnal, 1987
|First Line:||Like a river glorious|
|Title:||Like a River Glorious|
|Author:||Frances Ridley Havergal|
|Meter:||126.96.36.199 D with refrain|
|Refrain First Line:||Stayed upon Jehovah|
|Liturgical Use:||Songs of Response|
st. 1 = Isa. 66:12
st. 2 = Ps. 37:24
Frances R. Havergal (PHH 288) wrote this text in 1874 in Leamington, England. First appearing in leaflet form, the text was published in a collection of her poems, Loyal Responses (1878), without music. The Psalter Hymnal version is notably altered from the original three stanzas.
Like “Trust and Obey” (548) and various psalms of trust, this text extols the blessing of trusting in God's care and keeping. Such trust produces serenity (st. 1), strength to face each day (st. 2), and "perfect peace and rest" (ref.).
As a hymn of trust for many occasions of worship; a sung benediction.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987
Frances Havergal wrote this hymn while she was living at Leamington, England, in 1874. It first appeared with its tune in the 1876 hymnal Hymns of Consecration and Faith under the title “Perfect Peace.” She later published it in her poetry collection, Loyal Responses, in 1878.
This hymn is typically sung in three stanzas. The first stanza uses the image of a river to depict “God's perfect peace.” The second stanza opens with an image of God as having hands, with Christians nestled in His palm.
James Mountain's tune WYE VALLEY was written for this text, and is the only tune to which it is sung. It was first published in his Hymns of Consecration and Faith in 1876. Named after a place in Kent, England, WYE VALLEY is a peaceful, simple tune. The frequent repetition of notes and phrases makes this an easy tune for congregations to sing, but the tempo should not rush, or the tranquility of the text and tune is lost.
This hymn is suitable for use as a closing hymn, or a song of response. The choir could sing it as a musical benediction, using a setting such as “Like a River Glorious,” which is accompanied by a motif that imitates the flowing of a river. For an instrumental postlude, the piano is an ideal instrument, either in a solo, as in the peaceful piano setting of WYE VALLEY in “Gospel Hymns We Love,” or in an accompanying role, as in the clarinet version in “Clarinet Stylings.”
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 26 of 26)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #22||Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY (Mountain)||Frances R. Havergal||Philippians 4:7; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 66:12||2014|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #581||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879||65 65 D w/refrain||1994||Adoration | ; Assurance | ; Closing Hymns | ; Comfort & Rest | ; Community in Christ | ; Devotional | ; Inner Life | ; Peace | ; Provision | ; Refuge | ; Security | ; Trust ||
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #58||Like a river glorious Is God's perfect peace||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||188.8.131.52.D. with refrain||Psalm 46:4||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #516||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||184.108.40.206.D. with Chorus||2008||Faith, Trust | ; Peace, on Earth ||
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #60||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||220.127.116.11 D with refrain||2010||God the Father | Sustainer; Assurance | ; Comfort | ; Faith and Trust ||
|Complete Mission Praise #421||Like a river glorious||65 65 65 65 65 65||2000|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #392||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879||18.104.22.168 D with Refrain||Isaiah 48:18||2007||Assurance | ; Joy | ; Peace | ; Water ||
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #463||Like a river glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal (1836-1879)||6 5 6 5 Triple||1987||God's Church | Hope and Confidence; Pentecost 21 | The Christian Hope|
|Hymns of Faith #47||Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace||Like a River Glorious||[Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace]||Frances R. Havergal||Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 48:18||1980||Faithfulness | of God|
|Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #118||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879||22.214.171.124.D.Ref.||2015||Prayer and Devotion ||
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #699||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||126.96.36.199 D refrain 188.8.131.52||Psalm 37:24; Isaiah 66:12; James 1:2||2013||God's | Faithfulness; God's | Peace; God's | Protection; God's | Providence; God | Trust in; Rest | ; Trust in God | ; Elements of Worship | Forgiviness and Grace|
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #343||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||1979||Peace and Comfort ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #560||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||65 65 D with refrain||Isaiah 66:12||1987||Walk with God | ; Assurance | ; Confession of Sin | ; Peace | ; Providence | ; Refuge | ; Rest | ; Salvation ||
|Rejoice Hymns #549||Like a River Glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879||184.108.40.206.D. with Refrain||Isaiah 48:18||2011||Joy | ; Peace | ; Victory ||
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #74||Like a river glorious||WYE VALLEY||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #451||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||[Like a river glorious]||Frances R. Havergal||1989|
|Small Church Music #388||Like a river glorious||Wye Valley||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||220.127.116.11.D with refrain|
|Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #121||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||[Like a river glorious]||Frances R. Havergal||1989||Assurance | ; Comfort and Guidance ||
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #737||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||18.104.22.168.D. with Refrain||1997|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #463||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-1879||22.214.171.124 D. with Refrain||Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27||1996||Comfort in Loss | ; Peace | ; Protection | ; Rest | ; Trust ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #3776||Like a river glorious, is God's perfect peace||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||<cite>Hymns of Consecration and Faith</cite>|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #494||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances Ridley Havergal||126.96.36.199.D. with Refrain||1986||Faith and Hope | ; Peace | ; Victory ||
|The Worshiping Church #594||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||188.8.131.52.D.Ref.||1 Corinthians 1:9; Isaiah 40:12; Isaiah 48:18||1990|
|Timeless Truths #592||Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||184.108.40.206 R||Isaiah 66:12||Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Like_a_River_Glorious)|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #699||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal||220.127.116.11.D. ref.||Isaiah 48:18; Isaiah 66:12||1990||Trust in God | ; Decrees of God | ; God | Guardian; The Christian Life | Peace and Joa. 530-609y; The Christian Life | Peace and Joy|
|Worship and Rejoice #435||Like a river glorious||Like a River Glorious||WYE VALLEY||Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879||18.104.22.168.D.Ref||Isaiah 38:18; Psalm 32:7; Hebrews 13:20; Isaiah 40:12; Psalm 27:5; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 17:8; Isaiah 66:12; Psalm 143:9; 1 Peter 1:6; Isaiah 49:16; Psalm 46:4; James 1:2||2001||Promise & Hope ||