The Earth O Lord Rejoices

This hymn was written by American Roman Catholic priest Jeremiah William Cummings  (1824-1866).

It was first published in Songs for Catholic Schools and the Catechism in Rhyme (New York: D. & J. Sadlier, 1862). Subsequent publications include The Catholic Youth's Hymn Book (1871) and The De La Salle Hymnal: for Catholic schools and choirs (1913).

With meter 7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6, names of the tunes it has been set to are unknown.


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    The earth, O Lord, rejoices,
    And sings with glad acclaim,
    A hymn of many voices,
    In honour of thy name.
    We join the happy chorus,
    That hails the morning light;
    And bless the Lord that o’er us,
    Kept loving watch all night.

    Our every thought and action,
    We offer up to thee;
    From folly and distraction,
    We beg thee keep us free.
    Let no profane example,
    No censure, no applause,
    Lead us this day to trample,
    O Lord, upon thy laws.

    It pleased thee, Lord, to make us,
    That we might serve thee here;
    Let not thy grace forsake us,
    But keep us in thy fear.
    Preserve our life, O Father,
    That we may serve thee still;
    But let us lose it rather
    Than disobey thy will.

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