I will Sing, I will Sing a Song Unto the Lord

This is a simple folk-style praise hymn about about singing to God.

It was written by American member of the Fisherfolk and later professional musician (cellist), Max Dyer, and first published in 1974 by  Celebration/Kingsway's Thankyou Music.

Hymn-books where it has been published in include:
  • Sound of Living Waters, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, 1974
  • Scripture in Song, Volume II, Songs of the Kingdom, New Zealand 1979
  • Sing and Rejoice!  Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa./ Kitchener, Ont. - USA/Canada, 1979
  • Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.), Hodder & Stoughton, London, England 1987
  • Church Family Worship,  Jubilate Hymns, 1988, England
  • Songs of God's People:- supplement to the Church Hymnal, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press 1988, on behalf of the Church of Scotland
  • Gather Comprehensive, GIA Publications, USA, 1994
  • Songs for Life, CRC Publications, USA 1995
  • Celebration Hymnal for Everyone, McCrimmond Publications, 1994, England
  • Complete Mission Praise, Marshall Pickering, England, 1999
  • Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition, Oxford University Press 2000 on behalf of the Church of Ireland
  • Community of Christ Sings, Herald Publishing House, Independence, MO, USA, 2013

It is set to a tune by Dyer, which is sometimes called I WILL SING.   This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of E, the first few notes of the melody are BB B BB B BG GFEC E_

The books listed above are the only known places to find sheet music for the song.

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Choir with band:

Choir with folk-band:

Choir, unaccompanied:

Singer with guitar:

Instrumental - organ:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
I will sing, I will sing a song unto the Lord.
I will sing, I will sing a song unto the Lord.
I will sing, I will sing a song unto the Lord.
Alleluia glory to the Lord.

Allelu, alleluia glory to the Lord,
Allelu, alleluia glory to the Lord,
Allelu, alleluia glory to the Lord,
Alleluia glory to the Lord.
The verses all follow the same pattern:
  1. We will come, we will come as one before the Lord ...
  2. They that sow, they that sow in tears shall reap in joy ...
  3.  If the Son, if the Son shall make you free ... You shall be free, indeed.
  4. In His name, in His name we have the victory  ...
  5. Ev'ry knee shall bow and ev'ry tongue confess ... That Jesus Christ is Lord.

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