Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving--Variations on an Old Hundredth Theme

1. You faithful servants of the Lord,
sing out his praise with one accord,
while serving him with all your might
and keeping vigil through the night.

Unto his house lift up your hand
and to the Lord your praises send.
May God who made the earth and sky
bestow his blessings from on high.

2. 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.

3. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

1. Genevan Psalter (completed in 1562), Psalm 134
2. attributed to Scottish clergyman William Kethe, 1561 as part of the Anglo-Genevan Psalter.
3. written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, the final verse of a longer hymn entitled "Awake, My Soul, and With the Sun," from Psalm 100

(information from Wikipedia)

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