Sing Praise to the Lord

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1 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;
ye heavens adore him by whom ye were made,
and worship before him, in brightness arrayed.

2 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.

3 O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
and, sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.

4 O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along:
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!
(Amen, amen.)

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #753

Author: H. W. Baker

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 148:1-6
st. 2 = Ps. 148:11-14
st. 3 = Ps. 150:3-6

Originally "O Praise Ye the Lord," this text is considered to be one of finest written by Henry W. Baker (PHH 342). It was published in the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (Baker was editor of both the 1861 and 1875 editions).

The entire text is an amplification in hymn form of the "alleluia" phrases that frame Psalm 148 and 150. While stanzas 1-3 are based on various verses in those psalms, stanza 4 is a summary: "For love in creation, for heaven restored, for grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!"

Liturgical Use:
Any occasion of praise when Psalm 148 or 150 could also be used; a glorious (although long) doxology for harvest thanksgiving; a choral festival or similar praise service.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Tune

LAUDATE DOMINUM (Parry)

LAUDATE DOMINUM (Latin words for the opening phrase of Psalm 150) comes from the end of the anthem "Hear My Words, O Ye People" by C. Hubert H. Parry (PHH 145), an anthem he composed in 1894 for a festival of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association. Parry's tune was set to Baker's text in the 1916…

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LAUDATE DOMINUM (Gauntlett)


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The Cyber Hymnal #5283
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The Cyber Hymnal #6089
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #466
Small Church Music #4394
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Instances

Instances (1 - 34 of 34)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #46
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #753Text
Catholic Book of Worship III #551
Church Family Worship #490
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #708
Common Praise (1998) #330TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #543aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #543bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #545
Complete Mission Praise #518
Gather Comprehensive #545TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #432TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #203
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #354
Hymns of Truth & Light #17
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #574a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #574b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #388
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #466Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #143TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #20
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #96
Small Church Music #532Audio
Small Church Music #4394Audio
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #16
The Christian Life Hymnal #26
The Cyber Hymnal #5283TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6089TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #427Page Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #96
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #21TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #228TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #539Page Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #612
Include 30 pre-1979 instances



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