O praise ye the Lord!

A hymn to sing along with…

The words are based on Psalms 150 and 148 and were written by Revd Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877). You can read more about him on the post for Shall we not love thee, Mother dear.

The tune Laudate Dominum comes from the end of the anthem “Hear My Words, O Ye People” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918), an anthem he composed in 1894 for a festival of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association. You can read more about C H H Parry on the post for Dear Lord and Father of mankind.

Parry’s tune was set to Baker’s text in the 1916 Supplement of Hymns Ancient and Modern.

Laudate Dominum

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.

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.

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.

The stops have been pulled out for the last verse!

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.

  • Veronica on O praise ye the Lord!I've always especially liked the last verse as it's usually played so energetically by the organist! 🙂

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