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