Praise we Now the Lord our God

This hymn by Scottigh Catholic priest and academic David McRoberts (1912-1978), is set to a tune by Catholic priest William McClelland (1909-1972) of Corstorphine.

In 1961, it was described by McRoberts as an English-language alternative to the Te Deum that was suitable for congregational singing, and  having an imprimatur from the Diocese of Glasgow (ref).   It was included in a radio service in 1957 (ref), so must have been written before then.

It is included in the Celebration Hymnal for Everyone, and this is the only known source of sheet music.


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Lyrics:

Praise we now the Lord our God,
Voices joined in chorus;
Ceaselessly let seraphim,
Angels, pow’rs and cherubim
Sing with joy their praise of him,
Holy, Lord of Sabaoth.

All the earth and sea and sky,
Glorify their maker,
Blessed martyrs, prophets grand,
Christ’s beloved apostle-band
Holy Church in every land.
Sing his praise for ever.

Hail thou king of glory, Christ,
Born before all ages!
Born of Mary, Virgin pure,
Thou didst us from death secure,
Opening wide for evermore,
Stores of heavenly treasure.

Seated now at God’s right hand,
bless thy chosen people;
Rule o’er us, dear Lord, we pray,
Keep us free from sin this day,
Save us, Lord, without delay,
Lest we be confounded.

In the solemn day of doom,
We shall hear thy judgement;
But remember, Lord, we cry,
In that day when we shall die,
How thy blood on us did lie,
Signing us thy people.

Praise we yet the Lord our God,
Throned in triune splendour;
Praise the Father, Lord of might,
Praise the Son, redeemer bright,
Praise the Spirit, source of light,
Through eternal ages.

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