O Lord, all the world belongs to you

O Lord, all the world belongs to you. Patrick Appleford* (1925-2018). Published in Twenty-seven 20th Century Hymns (1965), one of the productions of the 20th Century Church Light Music Group led by Geoffrey Beaumont* and Appleford. It was printed, with alterations, in Celebration Hymnal (1977), in Come and Praise (1978), in RS, and many other books. The repetition of the first verse as the final verse is a major alteration from the original, where the final verse ended Send your Spirit on all in your Church whom you call to be turning the world upside-down. The rhythm of this hymn is irregular and jaunty, as befits a hymn in which each verse ends with the idea of turning the...

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