Scripture Verse

Be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed. 1 Chronicles 22:13


Words: Charles T. Haines, in Our Sab­bath Home Praise Book, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1884), num­ber 23.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Haines (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Thank God and take cou­rage, re­joice ev­er­more!
For He on whose pro­mise we stand
Shall know of a sure­ty the way that we go,
And pros­per the work of our hand.


Rejoice ev­er­more! re­joice ev­er­more!
Till shout­ing we an­chor on Ca­naan’s bright shore;
Then pur­er and sweet­er our rap­ture will be,
For there in His beau­ty the King we shall see.

Thank God and take cou­rage, of this we are sure,
That He, our Re­deem­er and friend,
Whose good­ness and mer­cy thus far we have proved,
Will lead us safe on to the end.


Thank God and take cou­rage, tho’ tr­ials we meet,
Remember the Sav­ior is nigh;
One kind, gen­tle word from His dear, lov­ing voice
Will sweep ev­ery cloud from the sky.


Thank God and take cou­rage, our vi­gor renew,
Press on to the man­sions above,
The man­sions that Je­sus has gone to pre­pare
For those who abide in His love.