Hymn #5: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

This has been a favorite text of mine for a while.  I’ve actually been sort of wary to re-tune it, because I haven’t been able to come up with something that I felt gave it good expression.  This one isn’t perfect, but I hope it gets at some of the joy in the lyric.  Who knows, maybe I’ll do another version sometime down the road.  Oh.. thanks to Patrick Collins on drums and a special appearance by Matt McKay on tambourine.  Yes, tambourine.

A bit about the author (from hymnary.org): Lyte, Henry Francis, M.A., son of Captain Thomas Lyte, was born at Ednam, near Kelso, June 1, 1793, and educated at Portora (the Royal School of Enniskillen), and at Trinity College, Dublin, of which he was a Scholar, and where he graduated in 1814. During his University course he distinguished himself by gaining the English prize poem on three occasions. At one time he had intended studying Medicine; but this he abandoned for Theology, and took Holy Orders in 1815, his first curacy being in the neighbourhood of Wexford. In 1817, he removed to Marazion, in Cornwall. There, in 1818, he underwent a great spiritual change, which shaped and influenced the whole of his after life, the immediate cause being the illness and death of a brother clergyman.

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Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

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Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To His feet Thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who, like me, His praise should sing?
O Praise Him, O praise Him,
Praise the Everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him, still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless;
Praise Him, praise Him, Praise Him, praise Him,
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Father-like, He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows;
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him, praise Him, Praise Him, praise Him,
Widely as His mercy goes.

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One Response to Hymn #5: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

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