PRAISE JEHOVAHComposer: William J. Kirkpatrick (1899)
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|Composer:||William J. Kirkpatrick (1899)|
|Meter:||22.214.171.124 D with refrain|
|Incipit:||55151 23213 45543|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Source:||The Book of Psalms, 1831|
Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
From the heavens praise His name;
Praise Jehovah in the highest,
All His angels praise proclaim.
All His hosts together praise Him,
Sun, and moon, and stars on high;
Praise Him, O ye heav’n of heavens,
And ye floods above the sky.
PRAISE JEHOVAH was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick (b. Duncannon, PA, 1838; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1921) and joined in the 1890s to this versification of Psalm 148, with the original seventh stanza becoming the refrain. The tune was published with an 1899 copyright date in Life Songs, a 1916 publication of the Mennonite Publishing House.
Kirkpatrick received his musical training from his father and several other private teachers. A carpenter by trade, he engaged in the furniture business from 1862 to 1878. He left that profession to dedicate his life to music, serving as music director at Grace Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Kirkpatrick compiled some one hundred gospel song collections; his first, Devotional Melodies (1859), was published when he was only twenty-one years old. Many of these collections were first published by the John Hood Company and later by Kirkpatrick's own Praise Publishing Company, both in Philadelphia.
PRAISE JEHOVAH (also known as KIRKPATRICK and AINOS) is a splendid example of the best of gospel hymn writing: a strong melody, a variety of rhythms, and some independence in the harmony parts (especially in the refrain). Well-suited to part singing, PRAISE JEHOVAH can be sung in the common stanza-refrain pattern, but the order of the text would suggest singing the refrain (which can also be considered st. 4) only after stanzas 1 through 3. Try antiphonal singing on the three stanzas; have everyone sing the refrain. Sing the dotted rhythms crisply to distinguish them clearly from the regular eighth notes.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||Tune name||First Line||Composer||Meter||Incipit||Key||Source|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1020||HALLELUJAH, PRAISE JEHOVAH*||William James Kirkpatrick||126.96.36.199||55151 2321_ _____|
|Common Praise (1998) #317||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah||William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)||87 87 D with refrain|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #6||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Praise the LORD, sing hallelujah||William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921||188.8.131.52 with refrain||F Major or modal|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #148C||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Praise the LORD, sing hallelujah||William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921||184.108.40.206 with refrain||F Major or modal|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #188||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Praise the LORD, sing hallalujah||William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921||87 87 D with refrain||F Major|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2598||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, from the heavens praise His name||William James Kirkpatrick||87.87 D refrain||55151 23213 45543||G Major or modal||<cite>The Book of Psalms</cite>, 1831|
|Timeless Truths #675||[Hallelujah, praise Jehovah]||Hallelujah, praise Jehovah||Unknown; William J. Kirkpatrick||220.127.116.11 D 18.104.22.168.8.7||F Major or modal||Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Hallelujah_Praise_Jehovah); Faith Publishing House, <i>Evening Light Songs</i>, 1949, edited 1987 (40); The Gospel Trumpet Company, <i>Select Hymns</i>, 1911 (248)|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #110||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Hallelujah, praise Jehovah||William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921||22.214.171.124.D.ref.||F Major|
|Worship the Lord: Hymnal of the Church of God #3||PRAISE JEHOVAH||Hallelujah, praise Jehovah|