Ye nations round the earth, rejoice

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Nations of all the earth rejoice
before you, Lord, our sovereign King,
we serve with cheerful heart and voice.
The earth will echo songs we sing!

Lord, you are God, and you alone
give life and breath and being here;
we are your work, and not our own;
your sheep, your children, free of fear,

for you are good, divinely kind;
and great your grace, your mercy sure;
all peoples of the earth shall find
your truth is power that will endure.


Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #54

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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OLD HUNDREDTH

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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