All People That on Earth Do Dwell Lyrics
Author: William Kethe
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
For why? the Lord our God is good;
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.
To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God whom Heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.
All People That on Earth Do Dwell Hymn History
The words of ‘All People That on Earth Do Dwell’ hymn were written by William Kethe in the 1560s.
It is a hymn based on Psalm 100. The tune is attributed to a Frenchman, Louis Bourgeois. It is known as the “Old Hundredth”.
Kethe composed this hymn in Geneva, Switzerland after fleeing religious persecution in Scotland. This was during the reign of Queen Mary.
At that time refugees from various parts of Europe made Geneva their home.
The Swiss tradition of neutrality started a long time ago indeed. They now house some offices of the United Kingdom and represent the interests of countries such as the United States in countries that are hostile to the US.
The famous Puritans also are associated with the Swiss as has the historic Geneva Bible.
When Kethe was in Geneva he helped in bible translations of the Geneva bible.
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