Scripture Verse

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Psalm 98:4

Introduction

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James Rowe
(1865–1933)

Words: James Rowe, in His Voice of Love, ed­it­ed by James Vaugh­an (Law­rence­burg, Ten­nes­see: James D. Vaugh­an, 1924), num­ber 15.

Music: The­o­dore R. Shaw (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Shaw (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Sadness has departed, fear has fled away,
Free and happy hearted, I’m the Lord’s today;
Songs of praise I’m singing, facing yonder goal,
With the joy-bells ringing in my blood-bought soul.

Refrain

Joy-bells, joy-bells, ringing in my soul;
Joy-bells, joy-bells, I am free and whole.
Jesus sought and found me,
Placed His arms around me,
Set the blessèd joy-bells ringing in my soul.

I have ceased to wander in the land of shame,
Time no more I squander, bless His holy name;
To His hand I’m clinging, trusting His control,
With the joy-bells ringing in my blood-bought soul.

Refrain

Going home to glory, ever His to be,
Telling out the story of His love for me;
Praises I’ll be singing while the ages roll,
With the joy-bells ringing in my blood-bought soul.

Refrain