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Give to Our God Immortal Praise

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1 Give to our God immortal praise;
mercy and truth are all His ways;
wonders of grace to God belong,
repeat His mercies in your song.

2 Give to the LORD of lords renown,
the King of kings with glory crown;
His mercies ever shall endure,
when lords and kings are known no more.

3 He built the earth, He spread the sky,
and fixed the starry lights on high;
wonders of grace to God belong,
repeat His mercies in your song.

4 He fills the sun with morning light,
He bids the moon direct the night;
His mercies ever shall endure,
when suns and moons shall shine no more.

5 The Jews He freed from Pharaoh's hand
and brought them to the promised land;
wonders of grace to God belong,
repeat His mercies in your song.

6 He saw the Gentiles dead in sin
and felt His pity move within;
His mercies ever shall endure,
when death and sin shall reign no more.

7 He sent His Son with pow'r to save
from guilt, and darkness, and the grave;
wonders of grace to God belong,
repeat His mercies in your song.

8 Through this vain world He guides our feet
and leads us to His heav'nly seat;
His mercies ever shall endure,
when this vain world shall be no more.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #179

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Give to our God immortal praise
Title: Give to Our God Immortal Praise
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Give to our God immortal praise. I. Watts. [Ps. cxxxvi.] This L.M. version of Ps. 136 appeared in his Psalms of David in 1719, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. In modern collections we find it given thus:—
1. The original in the New Congregational Hymn Book, No. 227; Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, No. 136, and others; and in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858-80, No. 8, with stanza v., line 1, "Israel" for "The Jews" of the original.
2. A cento composed of stanzas i., iv., vii. and viii. This was given in Cotterill's Selection, 1810-19, and from thence has passed into numerous collections, including Windle, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, and Stevenson's Hymns for Church & Home, amongst modern hymnals, with slight variations in the refrain. This is the most popular form of the hymn.
3. A cento combining stanzas i.-iv. and vii., viii. This appeared in Conyers's Collection, 1161, and amongst later hymnals the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, the Islington Psalms & Hymns, Kemble's New Church Hymn Book, and other collections. This form is also in use in America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



WARRINGTON was composed by Ralph Harrison (b. Chinley, Derbyshire, England, 1748; d. Manchester, Lancashire, England, 1810) and published in his collection of psalm tunes, Sacred Harmony (1784). The tune's rising inflections help to accent words such as erotic (probably the only time this word has b…

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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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LASST UNS ERFREUEN derives its opening line and several other melodic ideas from GENEVAN 68 (68). The tune was first published with the Easter text "Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr" in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catlwlische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623). LASST UNS ERFREUEN appeared…

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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #353

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #24


Common Praise #434a


Common Praise #434b


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #203

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CPWI Hymnal #368


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Hymns and Psalms #22b

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #31a

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Hymns of Grace #14

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In Melody and Songs #95


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Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #12

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Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #179

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Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #255

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Small Church Music #685

Spurgeon's Own Hymn Book #136b

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The Celebration Hymnal #112


The Cyber Hymnal #1796

The Harmonia Sacra #63A

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The Worshiping Church #16


Together in Song #84

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #3

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