Scripture Verse

We will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord. Psalm 115:18


Thomas Kelly

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly (1769–1855). Vers­es 1, 2, 4 & 5 were in print by 1845, ap­pear­ing in Hymns for Pub­lic Wor­ship, 4th edi­tion, by John Ad­ey (Lon­don: Ed­ward F. Gooch, 1845), num­ber 354. Verse 3 is in Hymns on Va­ri­ous Pas­sag­es of Scrip­ture, 7th ed­i­tion, by Tho­mas Kel­ly (Dub­lin, Ire­land: Mar­cus Mos­es, 1853), num­ber 220.

Music: Apoc­alypse A. Mc. G., in Gos­pel Hymns No. 5, ed­it­ed by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio; New York; & Ch­i­ca­go, Il­li­nois: John Church and Big­low & Main, 1887), num­ber 131 (🔊 pdf nwc). We spe­cu­late the com­pos­er might be Ad­die Vick­e­ry Mc­Gra­na­han, wife of James Mc­Gra­na­han.


Come praise the Lord, exalt His name,
Our Savior and our king;
’Tis meet we should His love proclaim,
And hallelujah sing.

The theme is high, the work is sweet;
Your harps for concert string;
’Tis blessèd thus in love to meet,
And hallelujah sing.

How great, how precious is His name!
How poor the praise we bring!
His people still should own His claim,
And hallelujah sing.

Sustained by faith, and upward borne,
As if on eagle’s wing,
We praise our Lord, forget to mourn,
And hallelujah sing.

A day will come, its dawn we greet,
When Heav’n itself shall ring;
When all the saints with joy shall meet,
And hallelujah sing.