New songs of celebration render
New songs of celebration render. Erik Routley* (1917-1982). Routley’s metrical version of Psalm 98 was created in 1972 for the World Council of Churches’ ecumenical hymnal Cantate Domino (1974, full music edition 1980), where it appears with a French paraphrase by Roger Chapal. Routley’s hymn expresses the psalmist’s imagery in vibrant 20th-century English, the sweeping lines perfectly fitted to the phrases of RENDEZ A DIEU, the tune for which it was written and to which it is always sung. Found in many hymnals throughout the English-speaking world, the hymn often appears with one of two possible variants for the second couplet of stanza one: ‘Awed by his power his foes surrender/ and fall...
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