The Weekly Hymn

I have chosen an older hymn based on the words of Psalm 100. It was attributed to William Kethe in the 16th Century. It is sung to the tune called “Old Hundredth”. Incidentally, the composed Vaughan Williams made a superb arrangement; it is still frequently used.

The words, based on the Psalm are a triumphant declaration of the character of God, and what he has done for us:

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.

Attr. William Kethe

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