327. From All That Dwell Below the Skies (Psalm 117)

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1 From all that dwell below the skies
let the Creator's praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the Redeemer's name be sung
through every land, in every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

2 In every land begin the song;
to every land the strains belong:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
In cheerful sound all voices raise
and fill the world with joyful praise.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
eternal truth attends thy word:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
till suns shall rise and set no more.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: From all that dwell below the skies
Title: From All That Dwell Below the Skies (Psalm 117)
Author (stanzas 1, 3): Isaac Watts (1719)
Meter: LM with alleluias
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Ecumenical; The Life of the Nations; Praise
Source: Stanza 2, A Pocket Hymn Book, 1781
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: LM with alleluias
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Geistliche Kirchengesäng, 1623, alt.
Notes: (This tune in a lower key, 10)

Text Information:

Because Psalm 117 contains only two verses, Watts’s paraphrase had only two stanzas. Most later hymnals have created or borrowed additional stanzas, like the one included here, to enlarge the hymn. Perhaps the best solution is found by adding Alleluias, as this tune invites.

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