Praise and Thanksgiving

Representative Text

Praise and thanksgiving let ev'ryone bring
unto our Father for every good thing!
All together joyfully sing.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #878

Translator (st. 1): Edith Lovell Thomas

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Author (st. 2-3): Marie J. Post

Marie (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) While attending Dutch church services as a child, Post was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member… Go to person page >


Stanza 1 of this text was originally a traditional German round from the Alsace region ("lobet und preiset"). Edith Lovell Thomas (b. Eastford, CT, 1878; d. Claremont, CA, 1970) translated the text and published it in her The Whole World Singing (1950).

A graduate of Boston University and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Thomas served as both educator and church musician. She taught music and worship at Boston University (1918-1932), directed church school music at Christ Church Methodist in New York City, and co-founded the Miss Thomas Preparatory School in Collingswood, New Jersey. Through much teaching and guest lecturing, she played an active role in promoting music and singing in church education. Her publications include several children's hymnals: Singing Worship (1935), Sing, Children, Sing (1939), and The Whole World Singing (1950), and the text¬book Music in Christian Education (1953).

Marie J. Post (PHH 5) added two stanzas, and all three were then published in the Psalter Hymnal Supplement (1974). The first two stanzas call everyone to join in joyful song to praise God for his many blessings, "for every good thing." The final stanza is a prayer for all of us to live a Christian life of love in the world.

Liturgical Use:
The entire hymn as a doxology at the close of worship; stanzas 1 and 2 as a call to worship, perhaps in unison, then concluding the service with stanza 3 in canon; as a hymn of praise for many joyful occasions.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Congregations may want to try singing LOBET UND PREISET as a three-part round; that works well with a text that enjoins everyone to sing. In 1985 Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) provided the keyboard accompaniment, which is suitable for unison or canonic singing. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

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Instances (1 - 17 of 17)

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #645

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #170


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #878

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