Scripture Verse

Let the people praise Thee, O God. Psalm 67:3


William Croft (1678–1727)

Words: Ambrose M. Schmidt, in The Sun­day School Hym­nal (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hei­del­berg Press, 1900).

Music: Ha­no­ver, at­trib­ut­ed to Will­iam Croft, in The Sup­ple­ment to the New Ver­sion of Psalms, by Na­hum Tate & Ni­cho­las Bra­dy, 6th edi­tion, 1708 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


We praise Thee, O God,
Our Lord and our king,
Accept Thou the praise
We gratefully bring;
Thanksgiving and worship
We offer to Thee,
Thou ruler of nations,
In whom we are free.

We praise Thee, O God,
For Thy guiding hand,
In leading Thy church
To freedom’s fair land;
Through sore persecution
Our fathers here came,
Where free and unfettered
They worshipped Thy name.

We praise Thee, O God,
For years of increase,
For faith unassailed,
Prosperity, peace;
United we offer
Our anthem of praise,
To Thee, our supporter,
Our Ancient of Days.

We pray Thee, O Christ,
Our Sav­ior and friend,
From error and strife
Thy Zion defend;
Breathe on us, we pray Thee,
O Spir­it of love,
And fit us for union
With Thy church above.