Let all the lands, Jehovah blessing

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1 Let all the Lands, JEHOVAH blessing,
To him with chearful Voices raise;
To his great Name their Psalms addressing,
Spread far abroad his glorious Praise:
And let them say, LORD, how excelling,
In all thy wond'rous Works, art thou!
Thy Foes against thy Pow'r rebelling,
Shall conquer'd be, and forc'd to bow.

2 The Nations round, thy Pow'r confessing,
Shall thee, their GOD, supreme, adore;
Their Dread of thy great Name expressing,
In Hymns and Songs for ever more:
O come, and view with Admiration,
The Works of God! and then you'll own,
That he to ev'ry Age and Nation,
Hath great and wond'rous Judgments shown.

3 The Sea, thro' which our Fathers walked,
By him was turn'd to solid Land;
Of this they to their Offspring talked,
And prais'd the Wonders of his Hand.
He by his Pow'r is ever reigning,
His Eye doth all the World survey;
Let Man, presumptuous Thoughts restraining,
Yield humble to his Sovereign Sway.

4 Thro' all the Earth let GOD be blessed;
Ye Nations spread abroad his Praise;
To him be all your Pray'rs addressed,
To him in Songs your Voices raise.
'Tis GOD that gives us safe Protection,
'Tis he that does our Lives secure;
Our Footsteps form'd by his Direction,
Are made to tread the Path that's sure.

Part II

5 As Gold by Fire becomes refined,
And Ore is in the Furnace try'd;
So, LORD, to know how we're inclined,
Thou has thy searching Pow'r apply'd.
Thou plac'd us in a low Condition,
Where we oppressive Burthens bore;
Our Hearts were touch'd with deep Contrition,
We daily did thy Help implore.

6 Our Foes did us, their Slaves distressed,
At once thro' Fire and Water chase;
But thou hast all our Wrongs redressed,
And brought us in a wealthy Place.
Burnt-Off'rings, therefore, I am bringing,
To thee, the GOD, whom I adore;
My Voice shall be employ'd in singing,
Thy Praises, LORD! for ever more.

7 The Vows my Soul, when much distressed,
Hath made to GOD, I will repay;
Whate'er my Lips have then expressed,
Shall be perform'd without Delay.
Then shall the riches Incense burning,
Perfume the Air, fat Rams shall fall;
The choicest Goats from Fields returning,
Shall bleed, with Bullocks from the Stall.

8 All ye that fear the LORD, attend me,
O hear my Voice with heedful Care!
I'll tell how GOD his Help did send me,
His Love with Joy I will declare.
As I before his Aid implored,
So now I'll spread abroad his Fame;
He hath my Soul to Life restored,
And I will bless his holy Name.

9 But if my Heart had Evil framed,
Or if my Breast had harbour'd Sin;
My Vows would soon have been disclaimed,
My Pray'rs had not accepted been.
But GOD to me, whene'er I cried,
His gracious Ear did quickly bend;
Nor hath my humble Wish denied,
But does with constant Love attend.

10 Be thou, O GOD, for ever blessed,
Who never, when to thee I pray,
With hold thy Love from me distressed,
Or turn thy glorious Face away.
nor turns his Face away!

Source: The Psalms of David: with the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, &c. in metre...for the use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch church of the city of New York #LXVI

Author: Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B. LOC Name Authority Files Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Let all the lands, Jehovah blessing
Author: Francis Hopkinson
Source: Tate and Brady's New Version, "Let all the lands with shouts of joy"
Language: English

Tune

RENDEZ À DIEU

GENEVAN 98/118 is the one tune in the Psalter Hymnal used for two psalms. It was first published in the 1551 Genevan Psalter as a setting for Psalm 118; in the 1562 edition it was also set to Psalm 98 (hence both numbers in the tune name). The tune is also often named RENDEZ A DIEV, the French incip…

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