Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
Words by Joachim Neander (1650-1680), 1680, translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), 1863
Tune: LOBE DENH ERREN, 1665, harmony by William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875), 1864
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)
1. Praise ye the Lord, The Almighty, the king of creation! O my soul, praise Him, For He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near; Praise Him in glad adoration.
2. Praise ye the Lord, Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, Yea, so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen How thy desires ever have been Granted in what He ordaineth?
3. Praise ye the Lord, Who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee; Health hath vouchsafed And, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee. What need or grief Ever hath failed of relief? Wings of His mercy did shade thee.
4. Praise ye the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; Surely His goodness And mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew What the Almighty can do, If with His love He befriend thee.
5. Praise ye the Lord, Who, when tempests their warfare are waging, Who, when the elements Madly around thee are raging, Biddeth them cease, Turneth their fury to peace, Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.
6. Praise ye the Lord, Who, when darkness of sin is abounding, Who, when the godless Do triumph, all virtue confounding, Sheddeth His light, Chaseth the horrors of night, Saints with His mercy surrounding.
7. Praise ye the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him! All that hath life and breath, Come now with praises before Him. Let the Amen sound from His people again, Gladly for aye we adore Him.