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We Praise Thee, O God

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1 We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
in grateful devotion our tribute we bring;
we lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
we bless your holy name: glad praises we sing.

2 We worship you, God of our fathers and mothers;
through life's storm and tempest our guide you have been;
when perils o'ertake us, you never forsake us,
and with your help, O Lord, our battles we win.

3 With voices united our praises we offer,
our songs of thanksgiving to you we now raise;
your strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us,
to you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

Worship and Rejoice

Author: Julia C. Cory

Julia C. Cory (Julia Buckley Cady Cory) was born in New York, NY in 1882. She was the daughter of a prominent New York architect, J. Cleveland Cady. Her father was also a Sunday school superintendent and amateur hymnologist. Partly because of his influence Julia began to write hymns at an early age. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church. She married Robert Haskell Cory in 1911 and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Englewood, NJ for all of her married life. She was a member of the Hymn Society that met in New York City all her adult life and died in Englewood, NJ in 1963. She raised 3 sons and they had 15 grandchildren. Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1998 and D. Lincoln Cory Go to person page >


Scripture References:
st. 2 = Deut. 31:6:(Heb. 13:5) Ps.48:14

This hymn of praise combines present and past to give hope for the future: we humbly and thankfully sing God's praise (st. 1), we praise God for his protection throughout our lives (st. 2), and we go forward under God's guiding hand (st. 3). The text was written at the request of J. Archer Gibson, organist at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. Gibson asked Julia Buckley Cady Cory (b. New York, NY, 1882; d. Englewood, NJ, 1963) to write a text to the tune KREMSER to replace the older text associated with that tune, "We Gather Together." The new hymn was first sung at Thanksgiving Day services in 1902 at the Brick Presbyterian Church and Church of the Covenant, both in New York City.

It was first published in Hymns of the Living Church (1910) and has been the first hymn in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal.

Cory was the daughter of a prominent New York architect, J. Cleveland Cady. Her father was also a Sunday school superintendent and amateur hymnologist. Partly because of his influence Julia began to write hymns at an early age. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church; after moving to Englewood, New Jersey, she joined the First Presbyterian Church. She married Robert Haskell Cory in 1911.

Liturgical Use:
Heritage festivals and harvest thanksgiving; beginning of worship; doxology during the offering of gifts.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



The tune KREMSER owes its origin to a sixteenth-century Dutch folk song "Ey, wilder den wilt." Later the tune was combined with the Dutch patriotic hymn 'Wilt heden nu treden" in Adrianus Valerius's Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck [sic: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclank] published posthumously in 1626. 'Wilt…

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #188
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #19TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #9TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #356TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #609TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #342TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #466TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #870TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #612Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Great Songs of the Church #44
Hymns of Truth & Light #24
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #560TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #785TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #494TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #7
Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #11
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #237Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #62TextPage Scan
Sing Joyfully #27TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #681Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #68Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #32
The Cyber Hymnal #7647TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #16Text
The New Century Hymnal #420TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #377Page Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #97TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #218TextPage Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #634
Worship and Rejoice #726TextAudioPage Scan
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