Praise, O praise our God and King

Praise, O praise our God and King. Sir Henry Williams Baker* (1821-1877). Written for the First Edition of A&M (1861) and printed there in the ‘Harvest’ section, with the first two lines of the tune as ‘Semi-Chorus’ and the second two as ‘Chorus’, and the instruction ‘The first and last verses to be sung in Chorus, the others as above’. It appeared beneath the text: ‘Who giveth food to all flesh; for His mercy endureth for ever’ (from Psalm 136:25). It has remained in the A&M tradition up to and including A&MCP, and is found in many other books, though not in EH or NEH. It is an imitation of John Milton*’s paraphrase of Psalm 136, ‘Let us with a gladsome mind’*. Baker modernised...

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