O For a Shout of Joy

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Citation, lyrics and music are copied from The Cyber Hymnal and are public domain. Midi file is modified to piano only. Lyrics may be modified for doctrinal accuracy. This version is not copyrighted. If you find it a blessing, please feel free to use it. — In Christ, Paul W. Davis

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:7-12)

Words: Jacob Young, in the American Baptist Psalmist, 1843.
Music:Das Lieben Bringt Groβ Freud,” Friedrich Silcher, 1827, from a Swabian folk tune; arranged by Lowell Mason, Carmina Sacra, second edition, 1841. (midi, mp3)
Listen to the hymn melody
O for a shout of joy, loud as the theme we sing!
To this divine employ your hearts and voices bring;
Sound, sound, through all the earth abroad,
The love, th’ eternal love of God;
The love, th’ eternal love of God. 

Unnumbered myriads stand, of seraphs bright and fair,
Or bow at His right hand, and pay their homage there;
But strive in vain, with loudest chord,
To sound the wondrous love of God;
To sound the wondrous love of God.

Yet sinners saved by grace, in songs of lower key,
In every age and place, have sung the mystery;
Have told, in strains of sweet accord,
The love, the sovereign love of God;
The love, the sovereign love of God.

Though earth and hell assail, and doubts and fears arise,
The weakest shall prevail, and grasp the heavenly prize,
And through an endless age record
The love, th’ unchanging love of God;
The love, th’ unchanging love of God.

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