Scripture Verse

…stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. 1 Chronicles 23:30

Introduction

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John B. Dykes
(1823–1876)

Words: Jo­hann S. Patzke, as the op­en­ing hymn to his 1769 can­ta­ta Ab­els Tod (Abel’s Death). Pub­lished in Patzke’s Mu­sik­al­ische Ge­dich­te (Mag­deburg & Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny, 1780) (Lobt den Herrn! die Mor­gen­son­ne). Trans­la­tion ap­peared, with trans­lat­or un­named, in the Am­er­i­can Un­i­tar­i­an Che­shire As­so­ci­a­tion’s Col­lect­ion, 1844, num­ber 692. It is in 4 st., st. i., ii., be­ing fair­ly close trs. of st. i., ii., of the Ger­man, while st. iii., iv. are prac­ti­cal­ly orig­in­al Eng­lish stan­zas (Ju­li­an, page 886).

Music: St. Syl­ves­ter John B. Dykes, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Johann S. Patzke
(1727–1787)

Lyrics

Praise the Lord, when blushing morning
Wakes the blossoms fresh with dew;
Praise Him when revived creation
Beams with beauties fair and new.

Praise the Lord, and may His blessing
Guide us in the way of truth;
Keep our feet from paths of error,
Make us holy in our youth.

Praise the Lord when early breezes
Come so fragrant from the flowers;
Praise thou willow by the brook-side,
Praise, ye birds among the bowers.