Scripture Verse

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice Philippians 4:4


Words: L. E. R. Stunz, in Songs of Joy and Glad­ness No. 2, ed­it­ed by Will­iam Mc­Don­ald et al. (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, and Chi­ca­go Il­li­nois: Mc­Don­ald & Gill, 1889), num­ber 28.

Music: Siirt John R. Swe­ney, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Stunz’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Rejoice, ye saints in Christ, the Lord,
And praise His name with one ac­cord;
Let every heart rejoice with song,
For thanks and praise to Christ be­long.


Rejoice He came our souls to save;
Rejoice He triumphed o’er the grave;
Rejoice for Him who once was slain;
Rejoice for Him who rose again.

Rejoice, the Com­fort­er has come;
Within our hearts He makes His home;
He feeds us with divinest food,
Fresh every morn, at eve re­newed.


Rejoice o’er sin now washed away,
For hope of an eter­nal day;
For present peace and rest of mind,
For will and heart and life re­signed.


Lord, keep us ever at Thy feet,
In faith and love, and hope com­plete;
Saying in all our pathways here,
That Christ, our Lord, is ever near.