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We Praise Thee, O God

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1 We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
in grateful devotion our tribute we bring;
we lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
we bless your holy name: glad praises we sing.

2 We worship you, God of our fathers and mothers;
through life's storm and tempest our guide you have been;
when perils o'ertake us, you never forsake us,
and with your help, O Lord, our battles we win.

3 With voices united our praises we offer,
our songs of thanksgiving to you we now raise;
your strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us,
to you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

Worship and Rejoice

Author: Julia C. Cory

Julia C. Cory (Julia Buckley Cady Cory) was born in New York, NY in 1882. She was the daughter of a prominent New York architect, J. Cleveland Cady. Her father was also a Sunday school superintendent and amateur hymnologist. Partly because of his influence Julia began to write hymns at an early age. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church. She married Robert Haskell Cory in 1911 and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Englewood, NJ for all of her married life. She was a member of the Hymn Society that met in New York City all her adult life and died in Englewood, NJ in 1963. She raised 3 sons and they had 15 grandchildren. Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1998 and D. Lincoln Cory Go to person page >


Scripture References: st. 2 = Deut. 31:6:(Heb. 13:5) Ps.48:14 This hymn of praise combines present and past to give hope for the future: we humbly and thankfully sing God's praise (st. 1), we praise God for his protection throughout our lives (st. 2), and we go forward under God's guiding hand (st. 3). The text was written at the request of J. Archer Gibson, organist at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. Gibson asked Julia Buckley Cady Cory (b. New York, NY, 1882; d. Englewood, NJ, 1963) to write a text to the tune KREMSER to replace the older text associated with that tune, "We Gather Together." The new hymn was first sung at Thanksgiving Day services in 1902 at the Brick Presbyterian Church and Church of the Covenant, both in New York City. It was first published in Hymns of the Living Church (1910) and has been the first hymn in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal. Cory was the daughter of a prominent New York architect, J. Cleveland Cady. Her father was also a Sunday school superintendent and amateur hymnologist. Partly because of his influence Julia began to write hymns at an early age. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church; after moving to Englewood, New Jersey, she joined the First Presbyterian Church. She married Robert Haskell Cory in 1911. Liturgical Use: Heritage festivals and harvest thanksgiving; beginning of worship; doxology during the offering of gifts. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



The tune KREMSER owes its origin to a sixteenth-century Dutch folk song "Ey, wilder den wilt." Later the tune was combined with the Dutch patriotic hymn 'Wilt heden nu treden" in Adrianus Valerius's Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck [sic: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclank] published posthumously in 1626. 'Wilt…

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Ambassador Hymnal #188

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #19

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #9

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #356

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Christian Worship #609

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Common Praise (1998) #342

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #466

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #870

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Glory to God #612

Great Songs of the Church #44

Hymns of Grace #8

Hymns of Truth & Light #24

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Hymns to the Living God #65

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Lift Up Your Hearts #560

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Lutheran Service Book #785

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Lutheran Worship #494

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #7

Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #11

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #237

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Rejoice in the Lord #62

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Sing Joyfully #27


The Celebration Hymnal #68

The Christian Life Hymnal #32


The Cyber Hymnal #7647


The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #16

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The New Century Hymnal #420

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The Worshiping Church #377

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #97

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #247

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Voices United #218

Worship (4th ed.) #634

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Worship and Rejoice #726

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