Psalm 65 - Psalter 171 God in Nature





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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2012

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.

(info from http://www.hymntime.com and http://www.hymnary.org)

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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