We have heard the joyful sound

We have heard the joyful sound. Priscilla Jane Owens* (1829-1907). Written for a Sunday-school anniversary sometime before 1882, when it was published in Songs of Redeeming Love, compiled by John R. Sweney*, C.C. McCabe, T.C. O’Kane, and William J. Kirkpatrick*. The tune is by Kirkpatrick. The ‘joyful sound’ is ‘Jesus saves, Jesus saves’, repeated throughout the hymn. Originally the opening was ‘We have heard a joyful sound', altered to the present form in Gospel Hymns No 5 (1887), edited by Ira D. Sankey*, James McGranahan* and George C. Stebbins*, and thus in Gospel Hymns 1 to 6 Complete. This is the version used in many books, including the British Anglican Hymn Book (1965) the Song Book...

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