Hymn Study: All People that on Earth, Do Dwell


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.

This hymn was sung at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, June 2, 1953.  William Kethe is said to be the author of it.  

Isn't it a great song?   Speaking to who God is and why we should praise him.  Just love it!

William Kethe was a Scots man and according to this source was most likely martyred or exiled by Mary of Tudor.  Other sources speak to him being exiled to Frankfurt.  This hymn was written as a psalm, and is based on Psalm 100.   It is one of the oldest hymns known today.  

I like how they sang this hymn although they changed some of the words. 

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  1. I really enjoyed that first version, though it is different than we sing it. The melody is the same but the time signature is different. I enjoyed listening to it.

    1. I tend to not notice time signatures, other than to think someone is singing too fast or too slow. ... is that what you mean?

    2. Time signature is how the beats are grouped. Twos or threes or fours or sixes. Each gives the music a different feel.

  2. Okay, got that, like a 3/4 or 6/8 or 4/4


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