Composer: William McDonald

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Composer (refrain, attr.): Edward F. Rimbault

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Tune Information

Composer: William McDonald
Composer (refrain, attr.): Edward F. Rimbault (1854)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 51235 12334 32132
Key: F Major or modal
Source: William McDonald's Wesleyan Sacred Harp
Copyright: Public Domain


This tune is likely the work of the composers named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list above.

William J. Reynolds, in his Companion to Baptist Hymnal (1976) writes as follows:

“Happy Day appeared in William McDonald’s Wesleyan Sacred Harp (Boston, 1854), set to “Jesus, my All, to heaven is gone” with the present refrain, “Happy day, happy day, When Jesus washed my sins away!” Doddridge’s hymn was given as an alternate text. It is quite possible that the tune was known prior to this date and appeared in earlier collections. McCutchan indicates that the hymn tune refrain is from a song by Edward F. Rimbault, entitled “Happy Land.” More than likely the rest of the tune was the work of some anonymous musician or musicians.” (p.161)


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #439
Text: O Happy Day That Fixed My Choice
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #457
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4944
Text: O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Timeless Truths #1106
Text: O Happy Day
The United Methodist Hymnal #391
Text: O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice
Worship and Rejoice #368
Text: O Happy Day


Instances (13)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #359Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #439TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #574TextImage
Celebration Hymnal #498Image
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #457AudioScore
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #297
Hymns of Faith #214TextImage
Revival Hymns and Choruses #286
Sing Joyfully #350TextImage
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #532
The United Methodist Hymnal #391TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #504TextImage
Worship and Rejoice #368TextImageAudioScore