1 All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the LORD with cheerful voice;
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell;
come ye before Him and rejoice.
2 Know that the LORD is God indeed;
without our aid He did us make;
we are His flock, He doth us feed,
and for His sheep He doth us take.
3 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.
4 Because the LORD our God is good,
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood
and shall from age to age endure.
5 Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise Him, all creatures here below;
praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Source: Hymns to the Living God #17
|First Line:||All people that on earth do dwell|
|Title:||All People That on Earth Do Dwell|
|French Title:||Vous tous qui la terre habitez|
|Source:||Scottish Psalter, 1650|
"Psalme C. Al people yt on earth do dwel, sing to yc lord, with chereful voice Him serve wt fear, his praise forth tel, come ye before him and reioyce. The Lord ye know is God in dede, with out our aide, he did us make: We are his folck, he doth us fede, and for his Shepe, he doth us take. Oh enter then his gates with prayse approche with ioye, his courtes unto: Praise, laude, and blesse his name alwayes, for it is semely so to doe. For why? the Lord our God is good, his mercy is for euer sure: His trueth at all tymes firmely stood and shall from age to age indure." [Orig. ed. 1560-1, London, J. Daye.]In what form this text reached Geneva, whether in manuscript or in a copy of Daye's edition, cannot be determined. III. Authorship.—This is somewhat difficult to determine. The evidence is this:— 1. Daye's Psalter, 1560-1. No signature. 2. Anglo-Genevan Psalter, 1561. "Tho. Ster." 3. Britwell Psalter, 1561. "W. Ke." 4. Scottish Psalter, 1564. " W. Ke." 5. Daye's Appendix, 1564. No signature. 6. Daye's Psalter, 1565. No signature. 7. Daye's Psalter, 1566. No signature. 8. Crespin's Psalter (Geneva), 1561). No signature. 9. Daye's Psalter, 1579. No signature. 10. Daye's Psalter, 1587. "J. H." These are all the Psalters known which have any value in determining the question. This evidence is certainly in favour of W. Kethe, and this is the more conclusive when we remember that the Britwell Psalter, 1561, and the Scottish Psalter of 1564, are reprints of the Anglo-Genevan Psalter, with such corrections in spelling as an English work printed on the Continent would call for, and constitute together a distinct family from the Daye Psalters. The metre is also in Kethe's favour, and decisive against both Sternhold and Hopkins. Its correct subscription is therefore "W. Kethe, 1560-1." Although the history of tunes forms no part of our work, a few facts concerning "The Old Hundredth " may not be unacceptable. It first appeared in the enlarged edition of the French Genevan Psalter, published in 1551, as the tune to Ps. cxxxiv. The first half of the tune is a musical phrase which is found in various combinations both before and after that time; but the latter part of the tune, and the form of the whole of it, is the work of Louis Bourgeois, who, and not Guillaume Franc, is now known to be the editor of this edition of the French Genevan Psalter. Kethe's version of Ps. c. was doubtless written for this tune. -- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
This hymn is attributed to William Kethe, of whom very little is known other than that he lived in the sixteenth century and was exiled to the European continent during the reign of Queen Mary in England (1553-1558). Kethe likely remained in exile after Queen Mary's death. He is credited with twenty-five psalm paraphrases for English-language psalters in the late 1550s, but this text is the only one still in use today. Since it was written, “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” has appeared in over a thousand editions of English-language psalters and hymnals (Nicholas Temperley, Hymnal 1982 Companion, p. 699), and “no comprehensive modern English-language hymnal can do without it.” (Temperley, p. 697)
“All People That on Earth Do Dwell” is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 100. There are four stanzas to the hymn, but many hymnals add a doxology after the fourth stanza. Many hymnals have updated Kethe's frequently quaint syntax, especially in the third stanza. Psalm 100 has four groups of three poetic lines (the first of which is numbered as two verses); the stanzas of this hymn correspond to these groups.
This psalm is sung almost exclusively to the well-known tune OLD HUNDREDTH, which is sometimes called SAVOY or GENEVAN 134, after its original text in the Genevan Psalter. In fact, this association gave the tune its common title. It is “one of the noblest and most loved tunes in all of Christendom.” (Psalter Hymnal Handbook, ed. Emily R. Brink & Bert Polman, p. 270) This Genevan psalm tune is often attributed to Louis Bourgeois, who edited the original Genevan Psalter. Most hymnals contain this tune, paired with “All People That on Earth Do Dwell,” or “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow,” or both.
There are two versions of the tune with respect to rhythm. Usually, when the tune is used with this text, the original rhythm is maintained. However, congregations may be tempted to sing the altered, isorhythmic version, because that is often the version sung with the Doxology, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.”
This hymn can be used as an opening hymn, or any place where a song of joyful praise is needed. Many composers and arrangers have written settings for this tune, from the four-part harmonizations of Claude Goudimel and John Dowland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to the grand coronation anthem by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1953, to the numerous organ settings available today for service music and congregational accompaniment. “Praise God!”is a jubilant arrangement for organ and handbells by Fred Bock that would work well as a prelude. David Friddle has written two organ settings of the tune in his collection “Sunday Finest”. “Three Hymn Embellishments” by Robert A. Hobby includes an arrangement of this hymn for organ accompaniment of congregational singing.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org