Tuesday Hymns: “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”

William Kethe was a Scottish pastor (at least most believe he was a Scot) who fled the persecution of Queen Mary I (daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon) of England during the 1550s. He was involved in the translation of the Geneva Bible in 1560 and contributed twenty-five psalms to the 1561 Genevan Psalter, one of which is our Tuesday Hymn, All People That on Earth Do Dwell. Loys “Louis” Bourgeois, a French music teacher, who was responsible for many of the tunes in that early Psalter, wrote this tune which has become one of the most well known tunes in all of Christendom: Old Hundredth. This hymn is a paraphrase of the 100th Psalm, calling upon everyone on the earth to offer the worship due their Creator, Sustainer, and, for His elect, their Redeemer.

All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with mirth; His praise forth tell; Come ye before Him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord 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; Within His courts your thanks proclaim; With grateful hearts your voices raise to bless and magnify His name.

Because the Lord our God is good, His mercy is forever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood and shall from age to age endure.

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