Performance by the Psalm Choir of Psalm 65, Psalter 171 titled "God in Nature" from their CD "Fitting Praises Volume 2"
This tune was originally composed by George James Webb on a voyage from England to the United States. The tune was published in The Odeon, a collection of secular music compiled by Webb and Lowell Mason in 1837. There it was set to "'Tis Dawn, the Lark Is Singing." The tune is often sung to the words of George Duffield Jr., "Stand Up, Stand Up, for Jesus"
Webb began his career as an organist in Falmouth, England. In 1830, he emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, where he played the organ at the Old South Church for almost 40 years. He also played the organ and belonged to the Boston Church of the New Jerusalem. He and Lowell Mason founded the Boston Academy of Music, as well as collaborating on their Musical Library. Webb also composed several choral and organ works.
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Most of the members of the choir are from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. For more info about this denomination check out http://www.prca.org
The Psalter was first published in 1912 by the United Presbyterian Church.
1. Thy might sets fast the mountains;
Strength girds Thee evermore
To calm the raging peoples
And still the ocean's roar.
Thy majesty and greatness
Are through all lands confessed,
And joy on earth Thou sendest
Afar, from east to west.
2. To bless the earth Thou sendest
From Thy abundant store
The waters of the springtime,
Enriching it once more.
The seed by Thee provided
Is sown o'er hill and plain,
And Thou with gentle showers
Dost bless the springing grain.
3. The year with good Thou crownest,
The earth Thy mercy fills,
The wilderness is fruitful,
And joyful are the hills;
With corn the vales are covered,
The flocks in pastures graze;
All nature joins in singing
A joyful song of praise.
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