Sing to the Mountains

This folk-style hymn of praise was written by American composer and St Louis Jesuit Robert (Bob) Dufford. It was first published by North American Liturgy Resources (NALR) in 1975.

It is not a specific setting of any piece of scripture, but has echoes of Psalm 117 (118) and Isaiah 6.

The song is set to an unnamed tune by Dufford. This has a 3/4 time signature, and was originally published in the key of C. The first few notes in this key are G EF G c.

Sheet music and an MP3 recording are still available from OCP.


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

The song starts with a seven-line chorus, and this is repeated after each of the three verses. The 2nd verse is shorter, and has a totally different tune.  A rough outline is:
Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea ...

1  I will give thanks to you, my Lord.

2  Holy, holy, holy Lord ...

3  This is the day that the Lord has made...

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Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea.
Raise your voices, lift your hearts.
This is the day the Lord has made.
Let all the earth rejoice.

I will give thanks to you, my Lord.
You have answered my plea.
You have saved my soul from death.
You are my strength and song.

Holy, holy, holy Lord.
Heaven and earth
are full of your glory.

This is the day that the Lord has made.
let us be glad and rejoice.
He has turned all death to life.
Sing of the glory of God.

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