The Old Hundredth
What makes a hymn a hymn?
All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell; Come ye before Him and rejoice. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed; Without our aid He did us make; We are His folk, He doth us feed, And for His sheep He doth us take. O enter then His gates with praise; Approach with joy His courts unto; Praise, laud, and bless His name always, For it is seemly so to do. For why? the Lord our God is good; His mercy is for ever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood, And shall from age to age endure. To Father, Son and Holy Ghost, The God whom Heaven and earth adore, From men and from the angel host Be praise and glory evermore. Welcome to our first Hymn of the Week! I’ve chosen “All People that on Earth Do Dwell,” which was how a Scotsman named William Kethe, back in 1561, translated into English verse the 100th psalm, which begins, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all ye lands.” The melody we mostly sing it by is called OLD …
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