O render thanks and bless the Lord (Thomas Clark)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-03-10). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 43 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The original order of staves in the source is 2d. - 1st. - [Instrumental Bass] in the symphonies, and Tenor - [Alto] - Treble - [Bass] - [Instrumental Bass] in the sung sections. The concluding symphony is printed in the source with the 2nd. part given on the Tenor stave: this has been given on the Alto stave in the present edition, and is given at the same octave here as in the source (it has not been transposed by an octave in transcription). The second, third and fourth stanzas of the text are printed after the music in the source and have here been underlaid editorially.
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Instruments: Instrumental introduction and interlude for two treble instruments and one bass instrument: sung sections for SATB with figured instrumental bass.
Description: A setting of the first four stanzas of Psalm 105 in the metrical New Version, to a tune by Thomas Clark, from pages 12-13 of his collection A Fourth Set of Psalm Tunes (London, [c1810]). Hymn Tune Index tune number 12287.
This tune also appeared under the title Eythorn, with the text 'To praise the ever-bounteous Lord', in Thomas Walker's Supplement to the Fifth Edition of Dr. Rippon’s Tune Book (1807): see also Long did the patient peasants toil (Thomas Clark).
Original text and translations
O render thanks and bless the Lord,
Invoke his sacred name:
Acquaint the nations with his deeds,
His matchless deeds proclaim.
Sing to his praise in lofty hymns,
His wondrous works rehearse;
Make them the theme of your discourse
And subject of your verse.
Rejoice in his almighty name,
Alone to be adored;
And let their hearts o'erflow with joy
That humbly seek the Lord.
Seek ye the Lord, his saving strength
Devoutly still implore;
And where he's ever present, seek
His face for evermore.