Scripture Verse

Praise the Lord, O my soul. Psalm 146:1


Words: Jo­hann D. Herrn­schmidt, 1714. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Carl F. Pfat­teich­er (1882–1957).

Music: Lo­be den Her­ren, O meine Seele Neu­es geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch, by Jo­hann A. Frey­ling­hau­sen (Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny: 1704) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Johann A. Freylinghausen (1670–1739)


Praise thou the Lord, O my soul, sing prais­es,
Praise Him from morn till fall of night.
While o’er my life His strong arm He rais­es,
I shall sing thanks to God, my light.
Who life and soul hath giv­en me,
Be mag­ni­fied eter­nal­ly.
Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!

Sing, all ye na­tions, ex­alt the glo­ry
Of Him whose arm doth val­iant­ly
All that hath life and breath, tell the sto­ry
In ac­cent strong, with voic­es free.
Ye ser­vants of the Tri­une God,
Father and Son and Spir­it laud!
Hallelujah! Hal­le­lu­jah!

An al­ter­nate trans­la­tion, by Chris­tian G. Haas, 1897:

Praise thou the Lord, O my soul, now praise Him,
His praise con­tin­ue un­til death;
While I the path­ways of earth am tread­ing
God shall be praised with ev­ery breath.
My soul and bo­dy He did give,
And waits my praise from morn till eve.
O praise the Lord, O praise the Lord!

Happy, yea, hap­py are they for­ev­er,
Whose help the God of Ja­cob is,
Who hath created the earth and Hea­ven,
The sea and all that there­in is.
Let all the world His prais­es sing,
Who life and health to all doth bring.
O praise the Lord, O praise the Lord!

If there are any who are op­press­èd,
He work­eth jus­tice in the tide;
Food for the hun­gry, for­lorn, dis­tressed,
The Lord in sea­son doth pro­vide;
Those bound in chains He mak­eth free,
His lov­ing­kind­ness they shall see,
O praise the Lord, O praise the Lord!

Praise, O ye peo­ple, the name most glo­ri­ous
Of Him who reigns al­migh­ty king.
Let all unite in one ho­ly chorus
To God our hymns of joy to bring.
O Zion, with the hea­ven­ly host,
Praise Fa­ther, Son and Ho­ly Ghost,
O praise the Lord, O praise the Lord!