Hymn: Old Hundredth

This next old favorite hymn in this series is one that is, deservedly, quite well known, but like most that I’ve written about it’s not one that I get to sing very often outside of the circle of my family.

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.

As I’ve mentioned before, I like singing settings of the Psalms. This one is both a good adaptation of the psalm and good verse even aside from that. It’s also almost always set to the tune “Old Hundredth,” which is a simple and straightforward but memorable and melodically and harmonically interesting tune.

I’m also fond of hymns that end with doxologies. And while for many “the Doxology” is also sung to this same tune, I was delighted to find (that is, to notice, as we’d sung it countless times before) the fifth verse of this, a unique doxology appended to the psalm (hymn) as was common when it was written, when we sang it out of one particular hymnal recently.

Because this hymn is so well known, and because it’s a straightforward Psalm setting, there’s not much for me to say. Except that, again, I should like to sing this hymn and others like it more often in the congregation, outside the context of my family. As this Psalm commands.


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