In these days of confused situations,
In these nights of a restless remorse,
When the heart and the soul of the nation,
Lay wounded and cold as a corpse;
From the grave of the innocent Adam,
Comes a song bringing joy to the sad.
Oh your cry has been heard and the ransom,
Has been paid up in full, Be Ye Glad. 1
Oh, Be Ye Glad, Oh, Be Ye Glad,
Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord,
Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad.
Now, from your dungeon a rumor is stirring.
Though you’ve heard it again and again.
Ah, but this time your cell keys are turning,
and outside there are faces of friends.
Though your body lay weary from wasting,
and your eyes show the sorrow they've had.
Oh the love that your heart is now tasting
has opened the gate, Be Ye Glad.
So be like lights on the rim of the water,
Giving hope in a storm sea of night.
Be a refuge amidst the slaughter,
Of these fugitives in their flight.
For you are timeless and part of a puzzle.
You are winsome and young as a lad,
And there is no disease or no struggle,
that can pull you from God, Be Ye Glad.