Give to Our God Immortal Praise

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We give you, God, immortal praise!
Pure truth and mercy are your ways;
wonders of grace to you belong;
we’ll tell your mercies in our song.
Give to the Lord of lords renown,
the King of kings wears glory’s crown;
your mercies ever shall endure,
when lords and kings are known no more.

You built the earth, you spread the sky,
and fixed the starry lights on high;
wonders of grace to you belong;
we’ll count your mercies in our song.
You give the sun its morning light,
you bid the moon direct the night;
your mercies ever shall endure,
when suns and moons shall shine no more.

You sent your Son with power to save
from guilt and darkness, and the grave;
wonders of grace to you belong;
we’ll tell your mercies in our song.
Through this tired world Christ guides our feet,
and leads us to your heavenly seat;
your mercies ever shall endure,
when this tired world shall be no more.


Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #95

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Notes

Give to our God immortal praise. I. Watts. [Ps. cxxxvi.] This L.M. version of Ps. 136 appeared in his Psalms of David in 1719, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. In modern collections we find it given thus:—
1. The original in the New Congregational Hymn Book, No. 227; Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, No. 136, and others; and in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858-80, No. 8, with stanza v., line 1, "Israel" for "The Jews" of the original.
2. A cento composed of stanzas i., iv., vii. and viii. This was given in Cotterill's Selection, 1810-19, and from thence has passed into numerous collections, including Windle, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, and Stevenson's Hymns for Church & Home, amongst modern hymnals, with slight variations in the refrain. This is the most popular form of the hymn.
3. A cento combining stanzas i.-iv. and vii., viii. This appeared in Conyers's Collection, 1161, and amongst later hymnals the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, the Islington Psalms & Hymns, Kemble's New Church Hymn Book, and other collections. This form is also in use in America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

DUKE STREET

First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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WARRINGTON

WARRINGTON was composed by Ralph Harrison (b. Chinley, Derbyshire, England, 1748; d. Manchester, Lancashire, England, 1810) and published in his collection of psalm tunes, Sacred Harmony (1784). The tune's rising inflections help to accent words such as erotic (probably the only time this word has b…

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LASST UNS ERFREUEN

LASST UNS ERFREUEN derives its opening line and several other melodic ideas from GENEVAN 68 (68). The tune was first published with the Easter text "Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr" in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catlwlische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623). LASST UNS ERFREUEN appeared…

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Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #1796
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Worship and Rejoice #63

Instances

Instances (1 - 30 of 30)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #205
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #640aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #640bText
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #353
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #434a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #434b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #207
Complete Mission Praise #171
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #848TextPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #22a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #22b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #31a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #31b
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #220a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #220b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #155
In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #95TextPage Scan
In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #96Text
Rejoice in the Lord #347TextPage Scan
Renew! #255TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #106
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #83
Small Church Music #56Audio
Small Church Music #685Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #112TextPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #1796TextScoreAudio
The Worshiping Church #16TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #84
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #3TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #63TextScoreAudio
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