Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Psalm 150:1–2
Words: Anne Steele, in A Collection of Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, edited by John Ash and Caleb Evans (Bristol, England: 1769), alt.
Music: Iscah Lowell Mason, The Modern Psalmist (Boston, Massachusetts: John H. Wilkins & Richard B. Carter, 1839), page 57 (🔊 pdf nwc).
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Praise ye the Lord, let praise employ
In His own courts, your songs of joy;
The spacious firmament around
Shall echo back the joyful sound.
Recount His works in strains divine,
His wondrous works, how bright they shine!
Praise Him for all His mighty deeds,
Whose greatness all your praise exceeds.
Awake the trumpet’s piercing sound,
To spread your sacred pleasure round;
While softer music tunes the lute,
The warbling harp, the breathing flute.
Ye virgin train, with joy advance,
To praise Him in the graceful dance;
Awake each voice and strike each string,
And to the solemn organ sing.
Let cymbals loud now sound on high
To softer, deeper notes reply;
Harmonious let the concert rise,
And bear the rapture to the skies.
Let all whom life and breath inspire
Attend and join the blissful choir;
But chiefly ye who know His Word,
Adore and love and praise the Lord!