Let All Things Now Living

Full Text

1 Let all things now living
a song of thanksgiving
to God the Creator triumphantly raise,
who fashioned and made us,
protected and stayed us,
who guides us and leads to the end of our days.
His banners are o’er us,
his light goes before us,
a pillar of fire shining forth in the night,
till shadows have vanished
and darkness is banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.

2 His law he enforces;
the stars in their courses
and sun in its orbit obediently shine;
the hills and the mountains,
the rivers and fountains,
the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing
our love and rejoicing;
with glad adoration a song let us raise,
till all things now living
unite in thanksgiving:
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #5

Author: Katherine Davis

Katherine K. Davis Born: June 25, 1892; St. Joseph, MO Died: April 20, 1981; Littleton, MA Davis was born on June 25, 1892, in St. Joseph, MO. She studied piano from her early childhood and began composing at 15. After graduating from St. Joseph High School she enrolled at Wellesley College, where she won the Billings Prize for Composition. As a talented pianist, organist, and composer of promise, she sufficiently impressed the faculty to stay on there as a teacher of piano and theory after her 1914 graduation. She began advanced studies in her post-graduate years at the New England Conservatory of Music. Later on Davis traveled to Paris where she studied briefly with iconic music pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. After returning to… Go to person page >


Scripture References:
all st. = Gen. 1, Job 26:7-14; 38

Katherine K Davis (PHH 57) wrote this text for the tune ASH GROVE in the 1920s. The text was first published as an anthem and descant setting in 1939 (by E. C. Schirmer) under the name John Cowley, one of her pseudonyms. (Davis wrote “The Little Drummer Boy,” 1941, as well as many other songs under this and other pseudonyms.)

Employing Old Testament images, the text calls forth praise from all creatures and directs that praise to God the Creator. We praise God because he made us and provides for us (st. 1); we join our praise to that of the entire universe in a song of “hosanna and praise” (st. 2).

Liturgical Use:
For many worship services of praise and thanksgiving including, but by no means limited to, harvest thanksgiving; a doxology at the close of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Instances (1 - 34 of 34)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #150
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #640
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #640
Catholic Book of Worship III #534
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #379
Chalice Hymnal #717
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #260
Common Praise (1998) #403
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #881
Gather (3rd ed.) #635
Gather Comprehensive #567
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #551
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #37Text InfoAudio
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #34
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #22
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #486
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #5TextAudio
Moravian Book of Worship #448
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #538
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #554
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #453Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice Hymns #63
Renew! #48
Small Church Music #3782Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #794
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #59
The Faith We Sing #2008
The Worshiping Church #53
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #125
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #242
Worship (3rd ed.) #559
Worship (4th ed.) #636
Worship and Rejoice #22
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #46
Include 3 pre-1979 instances