Peoples, Clap Your Hands!

Peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with joy

Paraphaser: Joy F. Patterson (1989)
Tune: GENEVAN 47
Published in 2 hymnals

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Paraphaser: Joy F. Patterson

Joy Patterson (b. 1931) was born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in LaGrange, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in French Studies and an M.A. in French Literature, both from the University of Wisconsin. A Fulbright scholar, she has taught French at the college level and worked for the Social Security Administration. She writes both texts and tunes, and her concerns as a hymn writer are for the unity and inclusiveness of the church, peace, justice, and the stewardship of the earth. A resident of Wausau, Wisconsin, she is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been active on the local, presbytery, and national levels. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with joy
Title: Peoples, Clap Your Hands!
Paraphaser: Joy F. Patterson (1989)
Language: English
Copyright: © Joy F. Patterson, 1990. All rights reserved. Used by permission.



GENEVAN 47 was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter, which was supervised by Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3); Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) harmonized it in the tenor in 1564. Restored to its exciting original rhythms in this edition of the Psalter Hymnal, this tune could well serve as the m…

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