Praise, O Praise Our God and King

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1 Praise, O praise our God and King;
hymns of adoration sing:

For his mercies still endure
ever faithful, ever sure.

2 Praise him that he made the sun
day by day his course to run: [Refrain]

3 And the silver moon by night,
shining with her gentle light: [Refrain]

4 Praise him that he gave the rain
to mature the swelling grain: [Refrain]

5 And hath bid the fruitful field
crops of precious increase yield: [Refrain]

6 Praise him for our harvest-store;
he hath filled the garner-floor: [Refrain]

7 And for richer food than this,
pledge of everlasting bliss: [Refrain]

8 Glory to our bounteous King;
glory let creation sing:
Glory to the Father, Son,
and blest Spirit, Three in One.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #286

Adapter: H. W. Baker

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >

Author: John Milton

Milton, John, was born in London, Dec. 9, 1608, and died there Nov. 8, 1674. His poetical excellences and his literary fame are matters apart from hymnology, and are fully dealt with in numerous memoirs. His influence on English hymn-writing has been very slight, his 19 versions of various Psalms having lain for the most part unused by hymnal compilers. The dates of his paraphrases are:— Ps. cxiv. and cxxxvi., 1623, when he was 15 years of ago. These were given in his Poems in English and Latin 1645. Ps. lxxx.-lxxxviii., written in 1648, and published as Nine Psalmes done into Metre, 1645. Ps. i., 1653; ii., “Done August 8, 1653;" iii., Aug. 9, 1653; iv. Aug. 10, 1653; v., Aug. 12, 1653; vi., Aug. 13, 1653; vii.Aug. 14, 1653; viii… Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise, O praise our God and King
Title: Praise, O Praise Our God and King
Adapter: H. W. Baker
Author: John Milton
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Praise, O praise our God and King. Sir H. W. Baker. [Harvest.] This hymn is based upon Milton's version of Ps. cxxxvi. ("Let us with a gladsome mind"), and was written for the first edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861. From Hymns Ancient & Modern it has passed into numerous collections in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The tune MONKLAND has a fascinating if complex history. Rooted in a tune for the text "Fahre fort" in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) famous hymnal, Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), it then was significantly altered by John Antes (b. Frederick, PA, 1740; d. Bristol, England, 1811) in a Moravian m…

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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

Ancient and Modern #286

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #624

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #45

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #574

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Common Praise #273

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #566

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CPWI Hymnal #717

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #288

Hymns and Psalms #359

Hymns Old and New #423


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