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22 January 2010

All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Setting: Ralph Vaughan Williams)

Old Hundredth (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.

Paraphrase of Psalm 100

Words: attributed to William Kethe
Tune: Old Hundredth LM, attributed to Louis Bourgeois (in Pseaumes Octante Trois de David, Geneva, 1551), setting of Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952)

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