Rejoice in God, the word commands

Rejoice in God, the word commands

Author: Joseph Swain
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 Rejoice in God, the word commands,
And fain would I obey;
Yet still my spirit lingering stands,
While doubts impede my way.

2 How can my soul exult for joy,
Which feels this load of sin?
And how can praise my tongue employ,
While darkness reigns within?

3 Whence should my lips give rapture birth,
When I no rapture feel?
Or how should notes of heavenly mirth,
Sound from a breast of steel?

4 If falling tears and rising sighs,
In triumph share a part;
Then, Lord, behold these streaming eyes,
And search this bleeding heart!

5 My soul forgets to use her wings;
My harp neglected lies;
For sin has broken all its strings,
And guilt shuts out my joys.

6 The power, the sweetness, of thy voice,
Alone my heart can move;
Make me in Christ my Lord rejoice,
And melt my soul to love.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #287

Author: Joseph Swain

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:— (1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting… Go to person page >

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Author: Joseph Swain

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #287TextPage Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d588
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #472Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #472Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #398Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d645
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #398TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #398Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #398Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #398Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #398Page Scan
Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #290Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d468
Village Hymns #d446
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (2nd ed.) #391Page Scan
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #391Page Scan
Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original: designed as a supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts (6th ed.) #391Page Scan



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