Songs & Hymns

Fill Your Hearts with Joy and Gladness

(Gathering, Praise, Gathering)
This hymn is sung to a famous tune by the German composer Beethoven. It is known as the 'Ode to Joy' and features in the last movement of his ninth symphony. The words are by a contemporary hymn-writer Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith and are based on Psalm 147.

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Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
Sing and praise your God and mine!
Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
Might and majesty divine!
He who framed the starry heavens
Knows and names them as they shine
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
Sing and praise your God and mine!

Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
Wounded souls his comfort know.
Those who fear him find his mercies,
Peace for pain and joy for woe;
Humble hearts are high exalted,
Human pride and power laid low.
Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
Wounded souls his comfort know.

Praise the Lord for times and seasons,
Cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
Spring to melt the snows of winter
Till the waters flow again;
Grass upon the mountain pastures,
Golden valleys thick with grain.
Praise the Lord for times and seasons,
Cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
Peace and plenty crown your days!
Love his laws, declare his judgements,
Walk in all his words and ways;
He the Lord and we his children,
Praise the Lord, all people, praise!
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
Peace and plenty crown your days!

Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926) from the Apostles' Creed © administered by Oxford University Press in Europe  (including UK and Ireland) and Africa, and by Hope Publishing Company in all other territories (including USA).

This arrangement © The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 3273056. Please include every item you copy in your annual report, quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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