O render thanks to God above (Thomas Clark)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-03)  CPDL #25273:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-01-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The original order of staves is 2d. - 1st. - [Instrumental Bass] in the opening symphony and Tenor - [Alto] - Treble - [Bass] - [Instrumental Bass] thereafter. The symphonies during and between the verses are printed in the source with the 2nd. part given on the Tenor stave: this has been given on the Alto stave in the present edition, and is given at the same octave here as in the source (it has not been transposed by an octave in transcription). The alto part is printed in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch, in the source. The second, third and fourth verses of the text are printed after the music in the source and have here been underlaid editorially.

General Information

Title: O render thanks to God above
Composer: Thomas Clark
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1807 in A Second Set of Psalm Tunes, p. 15
Description: A setting of Psalm 106 in the metrical New Version, by Thomas Clark. Hymn Tune Index tune number 11887.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 106 :1-4

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O render thanks to God above,
The fountain of eternal love;
Whose mercy firm through ages past
Has stood, and shall for ever last.

Who can his mighty deeds express,
Not only vast, but numberless!
What mortal eloquence can raise
His tribute of immortal praise?

Happy are they, and only they,
Who from thy judgments never stray;
Who know what's right, nor only so,
But always practise what they know.

Extend to me that favour, Lord,
Thou to thy chosen dost afford:
When thou return'st to set them free,
Let thy salvation visit me.