Psalm 47

Words: William Kethe  The Scottish Psalter of 1635

Music: Unable to initialize a MIDI player for your browser Old 47th: French, probably from Anglo-Genevan Psalter of 1561
Harmony by Edward Millar, c1635.
  1  Let all folk with joy 
       clap hands and rejoice,
     And sing unto God 
       with most cheerful voice
  2  For high is the Lord, 
       and fear-ed to be,
     The earth over all 
       a great King is he.
  3  In daunting the folk 
       he hath so well wrought
     That under our feet 
       whole nations are brought.

  4  An heritage fair,
       He chose us to move
     Which Jacob enjoyed,
       Whom he so did love.
  5  Our GOD is gone up,
       With triumph and fame;
     With sound of the trump
       To witness the same.
  6  Sing praises to GOD;
       sing praises, I say:
     To this our great King,
       Sing praises alway.

  7  For of all the earth
       Our GOD is King;
     Such as understand
       Now praise to him sing.
  8  The heathen to rule
       God also doth reign,
     Who doth still upon
       His high throne remain.
  9  Strange princes do come
       Unto the Lords fold;
     Who are his shields
       His church up to hold.

     For shields of the world
       Belong to the Lord
     His name to exalt
       Let all men accord.  

NOTE; another example with an odd number of verses so that the tune does not quite come out right. One wonders how this was sung. Did they just sing that last verse as far as it went?

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