Come Sound His Praise Abroad

This is a hymn of praise. The words were written by English poet and Dissenting church minister Isaac Watts (1674-1748), based on Psalm 95. The hymn was first published in The Psalms of David (1719).

With short meter (66 86, SM), tunes that it has been set to include:
  • CAMBRIDGE by Ralph Harrison (1784)
  • SILVER STREET by Isaac Smith, (approx 1770) - used in Sacred Harp
  • KREWSON by Ronald Alan Matthews (1985)
Some African congregations have used it with a differnt tune, and with Hallelujah Praise Ye the Lord as a chorus.


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Pastor and choir/congregation, with piano. Tune SILVER STREET

Male choir in a church service, with keyboard and percussion:

Contemporary choir with band and organ, professional recording:

Singer with piano:

Shape-note sing:

Instrumental - piano:


Come, sound his praise abroad,
And hymns of glory sing!
Jesus(*) is the sovereign Lord,
The universal King.

He formed the deeps unknown;
He gave the seas their bound;
The watery worlds are all his own,
And all the solid ground.

Come, worship at his throne;
Come, bow before the Lord:
We are his works, and not our own;
He formed us by his word.

To-day attend his voice,
Nor dare provoke his rod;
Come, as the people of his choice,
And own your gracious God.

(*) originally Jehovah

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