Let All Things Now Living

Representative Text

1 Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the Creator triumphantly raise,
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who guideth us on to the end of our days.
His banners are o’er us,
His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night,
‘Til shadows have vanished and darkness is banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.

2 His law He enforces: the stars in their courses,
The sun in His orbit, obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim Him divine,
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing,
With glad adoration a song let us raise,
‘Til all things now living unite in thanksgiving
To God in the highest, hosanna and praise.

Source: Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #560

Author: Katherine Davis

Katherine Kennicott Davis (b. St. Joseph, MO, 1892; d. Concord, MA, 1980) studied at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she was also a teaching assistant in music. From 1921 to 1929 she taught singing and piano in private schools in Concord, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After 1929 she devoted herself largely to music composition. She wrote some eight hundred pieces, most of which were choral (often writing under several pseudonyms). One of her most popular songs is "The Little Drummer Boy," originally called "Carol of the Drum" (1941). Her other publications include the folk operetta Cinderella (1933) and Songs of Freedom (1948). Bert Polman Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Let all things now living, a song of thanksgiving
Title: Let All Things Now Living
Author: Katherine Davis (1939)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1939, 1966, E. C. Schirmer Music Co.


Scripture References:
all st. = Gen. 1, Job 26:7-14; 38

Katherine K Davis (PHH 57) wrote this text for the tune ASH GROVE in the 1920s. The text was first published as an anthem and descant setting in 1939 (by E. C. Schirmer) under the name John Cowley, one of her pseudonyms. (Davis wrote “The Little Drummer Boy,” 1941, as well as many other songs under this and other pseudonyms.)

Employing Old Testament images, the text calls forth praise from all creatures and directs that praise to God the Creator. We praise God because he made us and provides for us (st. 1); we join our praise to that of the entire universe in a song of “hosanna and praise” (st. 2).

Liturgical Use:
For many worship services of praise and thanksgiving including, but by no means limited to, harvest thanksgiving; a doxology at the close of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



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Christian Science Hymnal #520

Christian Worship (1993) #260

Christian Worship #507

Common Praise (1998) #403


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #881

Gather (3rd ed.) #635

Gather Comprehensive #567

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #551

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #706

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #608

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #486


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One in Faith #895

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Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #48

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #747

RitualSong #707

Sampler #721

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The Book of Praise #338

The Celebration Hymnal #794

The Covenant Hymnal #59


The Faith We Sing #2008

The Presbyterian Hymnal #554

The Worshiping Church #53

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #125

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #254

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Worship (3rd ed.) #559

Worship (4th ed.) #636

Worship and Rejoice #22

Worship His Majesty #78

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Worship Supplement 2000 #792

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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