The earth belongs unto the Lord

The earth belongs unto the Lord

Tune: ST. MATTHEW (Croft)
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1 The earth belongs to God alone
and all that it contains;
the world and its inhabitants
God's steadfast love maintains.
2 The Lord who brought the world to birth
laid earth's foundations sure,
and firm within the surging seas
established them secure.

3 Who, then, are those who shall ascend
the holy hill of God?
And who is fit to stand within
the presence of the Lord?
4 All those whose hands and hearts are clean,
with no room in their mind
for worthless vanities or vows
of a deceitful kind.

5 These are the people who receive
a blessing from the Lord,
and vindication for their ways
from God, their saving God.
6 O God of Jacob, help us all
who gather in this place,
to seek your presence with us now:
we yearn to see your face.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #18a

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First Line: The earth belongs unto the Lord
Language: English



ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a…

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