Scripture Verse

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good. Psalm 136:1


Henry S. Washburn (1813–1903)

Words: Hen­ry S. Wash­burn, 1842. These words were writ­ten for a ce­le­bra­tion in Fa­neuil Hall, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, July 4, 1842, and sung by Sun­day school child­ren of the ci­ty.

Music: George G. Webb, 1848 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Webb (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

George J. Webb (1803–1887)


Let every heart rejoice and sing,
Let choral anthems rise;
Ye agèd men, and children, bring
To God your sacrifice.


For He is good, the Lord is good,
And kind are all His ways;
With songs and honors sounding loud,
The Lord Je­ho­vah praise;
While the rocks and the rills,
While the vales and the hills
A glo­ri­ous anthem raise;
Let each prolong the grateful song,
And the God of our fathers praise,
And the God of our fathers praise.

He bids the sun to rise and set;
In Heav’n His power is known;
And earth, subdued to Him, shall yet
Bow low before His throne.