All the Nations of the Earth

All the nations of the earth, Praise the Lord who brings to birth the greatest star the smallest flower,  Alleluia. Let the heavens praise the Lord Alleluia. Moon and stars, praise the Lord Alleluia. Hills and  valleys, praise the Lord Alleluia. Birds and beast, praise the Lord Alleluia. Deep sea water, praise the Lord Alleluia. Gentle rain, praise the Lord Alleluia. Roaring lion, praise the Lord, Alleluia. Singing birds, praise the Lord, Alleluia.Kings and rulers, praise the Lord    (alternative:   Earthly monarchs...) Alleluia. Young and old, praise the lord Alleluia.
This hymn exhorting all creation to praise God was written by Michael Cockett (b 1938), and first published in Hymns Old and New - A Hymnbook for the Irish Church in 1977.

It is set to an un-named tune by Kevin Mayhew (b 1942) which has a 4/4 time-signature.   In the key of G the first few notes are  D D d d BG E

It is still available in some in-print hymnals, including Hymns Old and New Catholic Edition (2009), and the Celebration Hymnal for Everyone.



Examples

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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.

It has a four-line chorus which is repeated after every verse. The verses are also four lines long - the 2nd and 4th lines are just "alleluia". A rough outline is:
Chorus
All the nation of the earth,
Praise the lord who brings to birth
The greatest star the smallest flower,
Alleluia.

1 Let the heavens praise the Lord ...

2 Hills and valleys, praise the Lord ...

3 Deep sea water, praise the Lord ...

4 Roaring lion, praise the Lord ...

5 Kings and rulers (alt: Earthly monarchs), praise the lord

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