Author of the Lyrics
The author of the illuminating
words of the "O Happy Home" lyrics, Karl Johann Philipp Spitta (August 1, 1801-September 28, 1859),
was born in Hanover, Germany and
achieved fame as a Lutheran pastor and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "O Happy Home", Alfred Scott-Gatty (April 26, 1847-December 18, 1918),
was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England and
became famous as a musician and composer of 100's of hymns. Alfred Scott-Gatty wass knighted in 1904.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: O Happy Home
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Karl Johann Philipp Spitta (August 1, 1801
to September 28, 1859)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Alfred Scott-Gatty (April 26, 1847 to
December 18, 1918)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest, Thou loving Friend and Savior of our race"
First Publication Date:
O Happy Home Lyrics
O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest,
Thou loving Friend and Savior of our race,
And where among the guests there never cometh
One who can hold such high and honored place!
O happy home, where two in heart united
In holy faith and blessèd hope are one,
Whom death a little while alone divideth,
And cannot end the union here begun!
O happy home, whose little ones are given
Early to Thee, in humble faith and prayer,
To Thee, their Friend, who from the heights of Heaven
Guides them, and guards with more than mother's care!
O happy home, where each one serves Thee, lowly,
Whatever his appointed work may be,
Till every common task seems great and holy,
When it is done, O Lord, as unto Thee!
O happy home, where Thou art not forgotten,
Where joy is overflowing, full and free,
O happy home, where every wounded spirit
Is brought, Physician, Comforter, to Thee-
Until at last, when earth's day's work is ended,
All meet Thee in the blessèd home above,
From whence Thou camest, where Thou hast ascended,
Thy everlasting home of peace and love!