1 Praise the Lord! Ye heavens, adore him;
praise him, angels, in the height;
sun and moon, rejoice before him,
praise him, all ye stars and light.
Praise the Lord! for he hath spoken;
worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
laws, which never shall be broken,
for their guidance he hath made.
2 Praise the Lord! for he is glorious;
never shall his promise fail:
God hath made his saints victorious;
sin and death shall not prevail.
Praise the God of our salvation;
hosts on high, his power proclaim;
heaven and earth and all creation,
laud and magnify his name!
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #761
|First Line:||Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him|
|Title:||Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him|
|Source:||Vs. 1-2 Foundling Hospital Collection, 1801|
i. "Praise the Lord, ye heav'ns adore him; Praise him angels in the height: Sun and moon rejoice before him, Praise him all ye stars and light. ii. "Praise the Lord, for he hath spoken; Worlds his mighty voice obey'd: Laws, which never shall be broken, For their guidance hath he made. iii. "Praise the Lord, for he is glorious; Never shall his promise fail: God hath made his saints victorious; Sin and death shall not prevail. iv. "Praise the God of our salvation; Hosts on high his power proclaim: Heaven, and earth, and all creation, Laud and magnify his name."The same text is again found in Psalms & Hymns for Magdalen Chapel, 1804; in the Foundling Collection of 1809, and then in J. Kempthorne's Select Portions of Psalms & Hymns 1810. In the last case slight changes are introduced, e.g. st. i. 1.7, "Laws which" to "Laws that": and st i. 1. 8, "hath He," to "he has." This form of the text was repeated very extensively to 1853, when it appeared in the Cooke and Denton Church Hymnal, with the well-known stanza by E. Osier, from Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836:—
"Worship,honor, glory, blessing, Lord we offer unto Thee; Young and old Thy praise expressing, In glad homage bend the knee. All the saints in heaven adore Thee, We would bow before Thy throne; As Thine angels serve before Thee, So on earth Thy will be done."The use of this hymn in all English-speaking countries, sometimes with the addition of Osier's stanza, and at other times without, is very extensive. The question of the authorship of this hymn has been a matter of serious inquiry for some years, with the result that on the one hand it is attributed to John Kempthorne, and on the other to Bishop Mant, and both in error. The claim for John Kempthorne was made by D. Sedgwick; and this claim, we find from his manuscripts, was a pure guess on his part. Mr. Kempthorne's son (the Rev. E. Kempthorne, of Elton Rectory) said in theGuardian (Dec. 10, 1879) that it was not written by his father, and he has repeated the same to the writer of this article during the progress of this work. Kempthorne, in the Preface of the 2nd ed. of his Select Portions of Psalms & Hymns, 1813, omits it from his list. It is clear therefore that it was not written by John Kempthorne. The ascription of authorship to Bishop Mant occurred through confounding the hymn "Praise the Lord Whose mighty wonders" (q.v.), which appeared in Mrs. Mant's Parent's Poetical Anthology, 1814, with this hymn. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ================ Praise the Lord! ye heavens, adore him , p. 903, ii. Mr. W. T. Brooke informs us that he has discovered a leaflet with this hymn thereon, which was printed for General Use, and which he regards as an older copy of the hymn than that noted on p. 903, ii. That this may be so we admit, but that it is so is open to question, seeing that the leaflet is neither signed nor dated. The authorship and date of the writing and first printing of the hymn are therefore still open to investigation and research. The "Rev. Mr. Hewlett," referred to on p. 903, ii. 1, was John Hewlett, b. 1762, became Morning Preacher at the Foundling, about 1802, d. in London, April 13, 1844, and was buried in the vaults of the Foundling Chapel. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)