Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Old Hundredth (Doxology)

Sorry I've missed posting for a few days. I promise I've been more upset about it than you've been. Today I went to Lumphini Park and recorded two songs.

Rise Up Singing chapter: Faith, p.46
Words attributed to William Kethe, 1561
Melody, Louis Bourgeois, 1551 (Geneva Psalter)

This melody appears in a lot of Christian hymnals. A doxology is just a short hymn praising God. From 'doxologos', 'doxa' is the Greek root for praise and 'logos' means 'speech'/'a speaking'. Check out the online etymology dictionary for more facts like that one:

D - A G D D A D - - / D - - A Bm G D A - - /
D A D A D G A Bm - - / D - - A G D A D - -
(Rise Up Singing provides a second possible chord pattern that I don't recognize, so I haven't used it here.)

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 flock, 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 forever sure
His truth at all times firmly stood
And shall from age to age endure

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

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