Tuesday Hymns: “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”

Isaac Watts, who has been called the “Father of English Hymnody,” wrote approximately 750 hymns during his lifetime. Such hymns as Joy to the World, Jesus Shall Reign, O God, Our Help in Ages Past, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, and Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed have been staples in corporate worship for centuries. This week’s Tuesday Hymn is his adaptation of Psalm 117, From All That Dwell Below the Skies. It speaks of our glorious God as Creator and Redeemer (verse one), of the Gospel going to every land and people (verse two), and of the eternality of God’s blessings upon His people (verse three).

We, at RPC, normally sing this song to the tune, DUKE STREET, but the Blue Trinity Hymnal also attaches it to the tune, LASST UNS ERFRUEN. “Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples.” (Psalm 117:1)

From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator’s praise arise:
Let the Redeemer’s name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.

In every land begin the song;
To every land the strains belong.
In cheerful sound all voices raise
And fill the world with joyful praise.

Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
Eternal truth attends thy Word:
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore
Till suns shall rise and set no more.

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