Dominene Deus noster

O God our Lord how wonderful

Author: Thomas Sternhold
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 O God our Lord, how wonderful
are thy works ev'ry where!
Thy fame surmounts in dignity
the highest heav'ns that are.

2 E'en by the mouth of sucking babes
thou wilt confound thy foes;
For in those babes thy might is seen
thy graces they disclose.

3 And when I see the heav'ns above,
the work of thine own hand,
The sun, the moon, and all the stars
in order as they stand;

4 Lord what is man, that thou of him
tak'st such abundant care!
Or what the son of man, whom thou
to visit dost not spare!

5 For thou hast made him little less
than angels in degree;
And thou hast also crowned him
with glorious dignity.

6 Thou hast preferred him to be lord
of all thy works, and thou
Hast in subjection unto him
put all things here below.

7 As sheep, and neat, and all beasts else
that in the fields do feed,
Fowls of the air, fish of the sea,
and all that therein breed,

8 O God our Lord, how excellent
is thy most glorious Name
In all the earth! Therefore do we
praise and adore the same.

Source: The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre #VIII

Author: Thomas Sternhold

Thomas Sternhold was Groom of the Robes to Henry VIII and Edward VI. With Hopkins, he produced the first English version of the Psalms before alluded to. He completed fifty-one; Hopkins and others composed the remainder. He died in 1549. Thirty-seven of his psalms were edited and published after his death, by his friend Hopkins. The work is entitled "All such Psalms of David as Thomas Sternhold, late Groome of the King's Majestye's Robes, did in his Lyfetime drawe into Englyshe Metre." Of the version annexed to the Prayer Book, Montgomery says: "The merit of faithful adherence to the original has been claimed for this version, and need not to be denied, but it is the resemblance which the dead bear to the living." Wood, in his "Athe… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God our Lord how wonderful
Title: Dominene Deus noster
Author: Thomas Sternhold

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