All Creatures of Our God and King


Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein (Psalm 69:34).

Even though the origins of All Creatures of Our God and King are ancient, I have never heard it at church. I first the song as it was featured on a hymn history program on the Bible Broadcasting Network. I have heard the song numerous times on that network since and on YouTube. All Creatures of Our God and King has secured a place in my heart.

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever (Ps 107:1). God has been merciful and so good; He is worthy of our praise. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Ps 107:2). God has given us the beautiful earth and all its richness to enjoy, let us thank him. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men (Ps 107:8). The Lord’s mercies are unending, will you give Him thanks? I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations (Ps 89:1).

God will be praised, even if you or I do not, even if no humans were to praise him. We know from God’s word that the other objects of his creation will praise Him. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice (Ps 95:11-12). When Christ was rebuked because His disciples were worshiping Him Christ replied, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out (Ps 19:39). God’s creation will give Him praise.

In the final judgement though every human will worship God. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Rom 14:11-12).

Francis of Assisi, wrote the original Latin poem, Cantico di fratre sole), around 1225 A.D. The words were not published for almost 4 centuries and another 3 centuries passed before the now hymn was translated to English. William H. Draper translated the hymn as a children’s song but not published until 1919. The original tune was written by Peter von Brachel in 1623. The modern harmony was written by Ralph Vaughan around 1906.

Before I give the lyrics to All Creatures of Our God and King I offer divinely inspired Psalm 148. Then read the lyrics; both are beautiful praises to the Father.

Psalm 148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.

The lyrics of All Creatures of Our God and King follow.

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

Chorus: Praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

Chorus

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.

Chorus

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

Chorus

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

Chorus

And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

Chorus

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

Chorus

Sources: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/c/acoogak.htm, King James Version of the Holy Bible

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