1 Praise ye the Lord: unto him sing
a new song, and his praise
in the assembly of his saints
in sweet psalms do ye raise.
2 Let Israel in his Maker joy,
and to him praises sing:
let all that Zion’s children are
be joyful in their King.
3 O let them unto his great name
give praises in the dance;
let them with timbrel and with harp
in songs his praise advance.
4 For God doth pleasure take in those
that his own people be;
and he with his salvation sure
the meek will beautify.
5 And in his glory excellent
let all his saints rejoice:
let them to him upon their beds
aloud lift up their voice.
6 Let in their mouth aloft be raised
the high praise of the Lord,
and let them have in their right hand
a sharp two-edged sword;
7 To execute the vengeance due
upon the heathen all,
and make deserved punishment
upon the people fall.
8 With chains as prisOners to bind
their kings that them command;
yea, and with iron fetters strong,
the nobles of their land.
9 On them the judgment to perform
found written in his word:
an honour this to all his saints.
O do ye praise the Lord.
DUNFERMLINE is one of the "common" tunes from Andro Hart's psalter The CL Psalms of David, Edinburgh (l615)–a "common" tune was one that was not matched with a specific text in a songbook. Millar Patrick, author of Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London, 1949) and The Story of the Church's So…
Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (P…