Praise the Lord, Whose mighty wonders. [Ps. cxlviii.] This appeared in The Parent's Poetical Anthology, being a Selection of English Poems primarily designed to assist in forming the tastes and the sentiments of Young Readers, London, F. C. & J. Rivington, 1814. There is no editor's name on the title-page, nor appended to the Preface. On the title-page of the British Mus. copy is written "Mrs. Richard Mant," i.e. the wife of Bishop Mant. On p. 27 there is:—
"Praise the Lord, &c. Ps. cxlviii. "Anon."
Praise the Lord, Whose mighty wonders
Earth, and air, and seas display;
Him, Who high in tempests thunders,
Him, Whom countless worlds obey:
All ye works of God, adore Him,
Him, Who made you by His word;
Heaven, exulting shout before Him;
Earth, in concert, praise the Lord.
"In the eastern skies ascending,
Praise Him, glorious orb of day;
Ocean, round the globe extending,
Praise Him o'er thy boundless way.
Pines, that crown the lofty mountains,
Bow, in sign of worship, bow:
All ye secret springs and fountains
Warble praises, as ye flow.
"Beasts thro' nature's drear dominions,
Praise Him, where the wilds extend:
Praise Him, birds, whose soaring pinions
Up to heaven's gate ascend.
Man below, the lord of nature,
Angel quires in realms above.
Hymning, praise the great Creator,
Praise the eternal Fount of Love."
In the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Hymnal, 1852, No. 64, the above text was given with the omission of 11. 4-8 of stanza i., and the addition of four lines from C. Wesley's "Love divine, all love excelling," slightly altered as the conclusion of st. iii., thus making 3 st. of 81. This text has come down to modern hymnals, and is the one in common use. The author of the original hymn has not been traced.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)