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Sing to the Lord with joyful voice

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Sing to the Lord with joyful voice!
Sing as the children of his care.
Let every land blend cheerful noise
with glorious singing everywhere!
We’ll near his gates with thankful songs,
high as the heavens the sound be raised
until the earth’s ten thousand tongues
fill heavenly courts with all our praise.

Come, to attend before his throne,
sacred our joy, and great our awe.
Know that the Lord is God alone;
his holy word is perfect law.
Wide as the world is his command;
vast as eternity his love.
Firm as a rock God’s truth shall stand,
when rolling years shall cease to move.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #55

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sing to the Lord with joyful voice
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


Sing to the Lord with joyful voice. I. Watts. [ Ps. c] First published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, p. 256, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In this form its use in modern collections is limited; that which has attained to the greatest popularity being—-"Before Jehovah's awful throne." This arrangement is by J. Wesley, and was first published in his Psalms & Hymns, at Charlestown, U.S.A., in 1736-7, p. 5, and repeated in J. & C. Wesley's Psalms & Hymns, 1741, p. 74: the Wesleyan Hymn Book in 1797, as the first of the "Additional Hymns," and the revised edition of 1875. Modern collections of the Church of England have received it through Madan's Psalms & Hymns1760, Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, and others of the last century. It consists of Watts, as follows, with alterations thus: st. i., Watts's st. ii. altered, by J..Wesley, to:—
”Before Jehovah's awful throne Ye nations bow with sacred joy."
St. ii. Watts's st, iii. unaltered. St. iii. Watts's st. v. unaltered. St. iv. Watts's st. vi. altered, by an unknown hand, for the "Additional Hymns." added to the Wesleyan Hymn Book, after Wesley's death, in 1797, thus :—-"Firm as a rock Thy truth shall stand." In this last form this hymn is known in all English-speaking countries, and hns been translated into many languages. A Latin translation by R. Bingham, in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, begins, "Ante! Jehovae tremendum." -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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The Cyber Hymnal #6083
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Instances (1 - 15 of 15)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Favorite Hymns: in their original form #LXPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #61
Hymns and Tunes: for Public and Private Worship, and Sunday Schools #288Page Scan
In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #55TextPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.218Text
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and designed for the use of the church universal, in public and private devotion; with an appendix, containing the original hymns omitted in the last ed. #291Page Scan
Sacred Melodies #d25
Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part I #d212
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #24Page Scan
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #233Page Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #6083TextScoreAudio
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship #CbTextPage Scan
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #P100bTextPage Scan
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament. #177TextPage Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #100bPage Scan
Exclude 12 pre-1979 instances
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