Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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John Milton
1608–1674

Words: John Mil­ton, 1623, alt. Mil­ton was on­ly 15 years old when he wrote this hymn.

Music: Monk­land John An­tes, in A Col­lec­tion of Hymn Tunes Chief­ly Com­posed for Pri­vate Amuse­ment by John An­tes, cir­ca 1790. Ar­ranged by John B. Wilkes in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of An­tes or Wilkes (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Let us, with a glad­some mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.

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For His mer­cies aye en­dure,
Ever faith­ful, ev­er sure.

Let us blaze His name abroad,
For of gods He is the God.

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He with all com­mand­ing might
Filled the new made world with light.

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He hath, with a pi­te­ous eye,
Looked up­on our mi­se­ry.

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He the gold­en tress­èd sun
Caused all day his course to run.

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Th’hornèd moon to shine by night;
’Mid her span­gled sis­ters bright.

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All things liv­ing He doth feed,
His full hand sup­plies their need.

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Let us, with a glad­some mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.

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