O praise the Lord with hymns of joy

O praise the Lord with hymns of joy

Author: Nahum Tate
Published in 12 hymnals

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1 O praise the Lord with Hymns of Joy,
and celebrate his Fame!
For pleasant, good, and comely 'tis
to praise his holy Name.
2 His holy City God will build,
tho' levell'd with the Ground:
Bring back his People, tho' dispers'd
thro' all the Nations round.

3,4 He kindly heals the broken Hearts,
and all their Wounds does close;
He tells the Number of the Stars,
their sev'ral Names he knows.
5,6 Great is the Lord, and great his Pow'r,
his Wisdom has no Bound;
The meek he raises, and throws down
the Wicked to the Ground.

7 To God, the Lord, a Hymn of Praise
with grateful Voices sing;
To Songs of Triumph tune the Harp,
and strike each warbling String.
8 He covers Heav'n with Clouds and thence
refreshing Rain bestows:
Thro' him, on Mountain-tops, the Grass
with wond'rous Plenty grws.

9 He, savage Beasts that loosely range,
with timely Food supplies;
He feeds the Ravens tender Brood,
and stops their hungry Cries.
10 He values not the warlike Steed,
but does his Strength disdain;
The nimble Foot that swiftly runs,
no Prize from him can gain.

11 But he, to him that fears his Name,
his tender Love extends;
To him that on his boundless Grace
with stedfast Hope depends.
12,13 Let Sion and Jerusalem
to God their Praise address;
Who fenc'd their Gates with massy Bars,
and does their Children bless.

14,15 Thro' all their Borders he gives Pece,
with finest Wheat they're fed;
He speaks the Word, and what he wills
is done as soon as said.
16 Large Flakes of Snow, like fleecy wool,
descend at this Command;
And hoary Frost, like Ashes spread,
is scatter'd o'er the land.

17 When join's to these, he does his Hail
in little Morsels break,
Who can against his piercing Cold
secure Defences make?
18 He sends his word, which melts the ice;
he makes his Wind to blow,
And soon the Streams, congeal'd before,
in plenteious Currents flow.

19 By him his Statutes and Decrees
to Jacob's Sons were shown;
And still to Isr'el's chosen Seed
his righteous Laws are known.
20 No other Nation this can boast,
nor did he e'er afford
To Heathen Lands his Oracles,
And Knowledge of his Word.

Source: A New Version of the Psalms of David: Fitted to the Tunes Used in Churches #305

Author: Nahum Tate

Nahum Tate was born in Dublin and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, B.A. 1672. He lacked great talent but wrote much for the stage, adapting other men's work, really successful only in a version of King Lear. Although he collaborated with Dryden on several occasions, he was never fully in step with the intellectual life of his times, and spent most of his life in a futile pursuit of popular favor. Nonetheless, he was appointed poet laureate in 1692 and royal historiographer in 1702. He is now known only for the New Version of the Psalms of David, 1696, which he produced in collaboration with Nicholas Brady. Poverty stricken throughout much of his life, he died in the Mint at Southwark, where he had taken refuge from his creditors… Go to person page >

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First Line: O praise the Lord with hymns of joy
Author: Nahum Tate
Source: Tate & Brady
Language: English

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A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #CXLVIIImage
A New Version of the Psalms of David: Fitted to the Tunes Used in Churches #305TextImage
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d259
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: for every Sunday and principle festival throughout the year for the use of congregations in the Diocess of Quebec #30cImage
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Every Sunday ... Diocese of Quebec #d97
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d258
A Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Anthems, for every Sunday and principal festival throughout the year. for the use of congregations in the dioceses Quebec and Toronto. #P147
A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns #d47
Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre: with hymns suited to the feasts and fasts of the church, and other occasions of public worship #121Image
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #S121.IImage
The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #147Image
The Whole Book of Psalms: in metre; with hymns suited to the feasts and fasts of the church, and other occasions of public worship #CXLVIIImage