31. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind (Psalm 136)

1 Let us with a gladsome mind
praise the Lord who is so kind:
for God's mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

2 God, with all-commanding might,
filled the new-made world with light:
for God's mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

3 All things living God does feed;
with full measure, meets their need:
for God's mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

4 Let us with a gladsome mind
praise the Lord who is so kind:
for God's mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

Text Information
First Line: Let us with a gladsome mind
Title: Let Us with a Gladsome Mind (Psalm 136)
Author: John Milton (1624, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Scripture: Psalm 136; Genesis 1:3; Psalm 63:3; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 106:1; Psalm 107:9; Psalm 107:31; Psalm 118:1-2; Psalm 118:29; Psalm 145:9; Psalm 146:6-9; James 1:17
Topic: Care of Creation; Creation; Providence
Language: English
Refrain First Line: for God's mercies shall endure
Tune Information
Name: MONKLAND
Arranger: John B. Wilkes (1861)
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Freylinghausen's Geistreiches Gesangbuch, 1704


Text Information:

These few stanzas are among the least florid of the two dozen that make up the rather flamboyant paraphrase of Psalm 136 written by the 15-year-old who would become one of the greatest English poets. It is set here to a sprightly tune with Moravian connections.


Media
Audio recording: Audio (MP3)
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