Invocation for Thanksgiving (Walter Janes)

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  • (Posted 2016-08-04)  CPDL #40643:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-04).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
  • (Posted 2016-08-04)  CPDL #40642:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-04).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 3 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Invocation for Thanksgiving
First Line: Ye sons of men, with joy record
Composer: Walter Janes
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredAnthem   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.) × 6

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in The Massachusetts Harmony, pp. 89-92
Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, 1755, hymn entitled God's goodness to the Children of Men, based on Psalm 107:31, with six stanzas. Janes used all six stanzas of Doddridge's hymn in his composition; Janes altered a few words in stanzas 2, 3, and 6 of Doddridge's hymn (see below).

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Original text and translations

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1. Ye sons of men, with joy record
The various wonders of the Lord;
And let his power and goodness sound
Through all your tribes the earth around.

2. Let the high heavens your songs invite,
Those spacious fields of brilliant light;
Where sun, and moon, and planets roll,
And stars, that shine from pole to pole. (a)


3. Sing, earth, in verdant robes arrayed,
Its herbs and flowers, its fruits and shade; (b)
Peopled with life of various forms,
Fishes and fowls, and beasts and worms.

4. View the broad sea's majestic plains,
And think how wide its Maker reigns;
That band remotest nations joins,
And on each wave his goodness shines.


5. But O! that brighter world above,
Where lives and reigns incarnate Love!
God's only Son in flesh arrayed,
For man a bleeding victim made.

6. Thither, my soul, with rapture soar;
There in the land of praise adore;
The theme demands an angel's lay, (c)
Demands an everlasting day. (d)


(a) Janes has "stars that glow." (b) Janes has "its herb and flower, its fruit."
(c) Janes has "This theme demands an angel's tongue." (d) Janes has "Demands a never-ending song."