I was Full of Joy

This is a folk-style hymn of joy The refrain appears to be based on the opening phrase of Psalm 122 (123).

The author and source are unknown:  The only publication found to date is in the Canadian Catholic Book of Worship II (not later editions), and this book does not attribute it to anyone.

The unnamed tune has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of E, the first few notes of the refrain are E_ FGA B_ z c BA B z.


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Duet, self-accompanied on guitar:

Solo singer, refrain only with spaces for the verses:


I was full of joy, Alleluia,
When i set out for the house of the Lord.

May peace be within your walls,
And may all your homes be filled with joy,
Alleluia. Thanks be to God most high.

May light shine upon your way,
And may all your paths be straight and sure,
Alleluia. Thanks be to God most high.

May love lead you by the hand,
Till you reach your everlasting home,
Alleluia. Thanks be to God most high.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi!

    Just a heads up: the lyrics are missing the word 'LORD' in the last line of each verse. It should read 'Alleluia. Thanks be to God, LORD most high.'

    Thanks for this wonderful website. Very much appreciated.

    Source: Catholic Book of Worship II, pg 718