HYMNS OF THE CHURCH
From All That Dwell Below the Skies
Isaac Watts (in part)
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.
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.
Your lofty themes, ye mortals, bring;
In songs of praise divinely sing;
The great salvation loud proclaim,
And shout for joy the Savior’s name.
In every land begin the song;
To every land the strains belong;
In cheerful sounds all voices raise,
And fill the worlds with loudest praise.
Unaltered, from The Psalms of David, 1719. Dr. Watts wrote the first two stanzas of this hymn from verses one and two of Psalm 117:
O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people.
For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord.
Wesley reprinted this hymn entire from the “York” Pocket Hymn Book. The author of the last two stanzas is unknown. He has, however, succeeded wonderfully in imitating Watts’ style and so completed one of the finest hymns in the language.
The “York” Pocket Hymn Book was edited and published by Robert Spence, a Methodist class leader and bookseller residing in York, England. So far as is known, the last two stanzas of this hymn first appeared in his book about 1781. Spence may have written these stanzas. John Wesley published this hymn in 1786 as Spence printed it in 1781. This “York” book was very popular in its day, and was adopted by Bishops Coke and Asbury as the official hymn book of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America.
John Hatton (1710-1793) was an English composer, born at Warrenton, England.