Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
Text: Thomas Ken, ~1695-1709
While OLD HUNDREDTH and GENEVAN 134 are by far the most popular renditions because of their beautiful simplicity, they are certainly not the only ones out there. DEDICATION 606 is difficult for the musicians accompanying it, not because it is hard, but because there is so much on the page to pay attention to – including an unusual time signature change. The four part harmony is what I imagine a kaleidoscope would sound like, with all of its intricate harmonies and subtleties. NEW DOXOLOGY is one of those pieces where one has to pick and choose which notes to play because sometimes it is not possible to play them all. Regardless, it is very majestic and well-loved by those who know it.
NOTE: The Doxology, or Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow is a popular song used as a blessing or as a table grace in many churches. I have found 6 versions of the song to date, and 4 of those are public domain, so they are shared here with you. I wish I could have shared the other two I found as well because they are really cool, but they are not out of copyright. If you are interested in trying them, here is their information:
- From the Lutheran Book of Worship published by Augsburg House in Minneapolis, #529 is called Praise Him. Praise Him was written by V. Masillamony Iyer, 20th century and translated by Daniel T. Niles, 1908-1970. The tune is Carnatic Tamil and TANDANEI 10 13 8 6 6 6 6 8. It has 4 verses, all of which are wrapped up with the phrase, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
- From Hymns For The Living Church by The Hope Publishing Company, #573 is called Praise God From Whom All Blessings which was written by Richard Avery and Donald Marsh, 1967 and published in a book called “Hymns Hot and Carols Cool.” It not only has a cool, syncopated rhythm, but it also sports a benediction-style set of 7 amens at the end which is lovely.
Lyrics sheet (All 4 versions are in the same file):
Lyrics sheet for OLD HUNDREDTH and GENEVAN 134 versions:
The reason why one of the Doxology’s tunes is called Old Hundredth is because William Kethe, a pastor from Scotland, set Psalm 100 to it. In case you are curious, here are the original lyrics:
Free, easy-to-read music:
Sing along by clicking on the link below: