O Praise Ye the Lord Lyrics
Author: Henry Williams Baker
1 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;
ye heavens adore him by whom ye were made,
and worship before him, in brightness arrayed.
2 O praise ye the Lord! Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.
3 O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
and, sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.
4 O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along:
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!
O Praise Ye the Lord Hymn Story
O Praise Ye the Lord is a hymn that was written by Henry Williams Baker. The tune to which it is used nowadays is LAUDATE DOMINUMN (PARRY) composed by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.
Henry Williams Baker was born in London on 27th May 1821. He was a clergyman in the Church of England and was Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire in England.
His aim was to compose hymns that were simple in the language used and with a smooth rhythm. Today’s hymn is influenced by the book of Psalms in the bible.
Baker passed away on 12th February 1877 at the relatively youthful age of fifty-five.
It is reported that his last words as he lay dying were from his own hymn, The King of Love My Shepherd Is: “Perverse and foolish oft I strayed / But yet in love He sought me / And on His shoulder gently laid / And home, rejoicing, brought me.”
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