1 The God of Abraham praise,
who reigns enthroned above,
the Ancient of Eternal Days,
the God of love!
The Lord, the great I AM,
by earth and heaven confessed,
we bow before your holy name,
2 Your spirit still flows free,
high surging where it will.
In prophet's word you spoke of old
and you speak still.
Established is your law,
and changeless it shall stand,
deep writ upon the human heart
by your strong hand.
3 Your goodly land we seek,
with peace and plenty blest,
a land of sacred liberty
and Sabbath rest.
There milk and honey flow,
and oil and wine abound,
and trees of life forever grow
with mercy crowned.
4 You have eternal life
implanted in the soul;
your love shall be our strength and stay,
while ages roll.
We praise you, living God!
We praise your holy name:
the first, the last, beyond all thought,
and still the same!
|First Line:||The God of Abraham praise|
|Title:||The God of Abraham Praise|
|Author:||Moses Maimonides (12th cent.)|
|Versifier:||Daniel ben Judah Dayan (1404)|
|Translator (Stanzas 1, 3):||Thomas Olivers|
|Translator (stanzas 2, 4):||Max Landsberg (1884, 1910, alt.)|
|Translator (stanzas 2, 4):||Newton M. Mann (1884, 1910, alt.)|
|Translator (stanzas 2, 4):||William C. Gannett (1884, 1910, alt.)|
|Topic:||God's Covenant with Israel; Kingdom Of God; Praise(1 more...)|
|Adapter:||Meyer Lyon (1770)|
|Adapter:||Thomas Olivers (1770)|
|Source:||Jewish melody, 17th cent.|
Shaped by its traditional Jewish tune, this selection of English stanzas conveys the essence of the Yigdal, a canticle based on a medieval Hebrew statement of faith about the nature of God and often used in synagogue worship, alternately chanted by cantor and congregation.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|