Let All Things Now Living

Author: Katherine Davis

Katherine K. Davis Born: June 25, 1892; St. Joseph, MO Died: April 20, 1981; Littleton, MA Davis was born on June 25, 1892, in St. Joseph, MO. She studied piano from her early childhood and began composing at 15. After graduating from St. Joseph High School she enrolled at Wellesley College, where she won the Billings Prize for Composition. As a talented pianist, organist, and composer of promise, she sufficiently impressed the faculty to stay on there as a teacher of piano and theory after her 1914 graduation. She began advanced studies in her post-graduate years at the New England Conservatory of Music. Later on Davis traveled to Paris where she studied briefly with iconic music pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. After returning to… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Let all things now living, a song of thanksgiving
Title: Let All Things Now Living
Author: Katherine Davis (1939)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1939, 1966, E. C. Schirmer Music Co.


Scripture References: all st. = Gen. 1, Job 26:7-14; 38 Katherine K Davis (PHH 57) wrote this text for the tune ASH GROVE in the 1920s. The text was first published as an anthem and descant setting in 1939 (by E. C. Schirmer) under the name John Cowley, one of her pseudonyms. (Davis wrote “The Little Drummer Boy,” 1941, as well as many other songs under this and other pseudonyms.) Employing Old Testament images, the text calls forth praise from all creatures and directs that praise to God the Creator. We praise God because he made us and provides for us (st. 1); we join our praise to that of the entire universe in a song of “hosanna and praise” (st. 2). Liturgical Use: For many worship services of praise and thanksgiving including, but by no means limited to, harvest thanksgiving; a doxology at the close of worship. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



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