Singing through the Year: Let All Things Now Living

Today’s hymn is “Let All Things Now Living,” set to the lovely Welsh tune ASH GROVE.

It’s become quite popular since it was written in the 1930s, so there are lots of recordings if you’d like to listen to it. This one is nice because it’s simple (just a small ensemble plus organ) with clearly audible words.

I’m going to focus on memorizing just the first verse—last week’s “Lord God, You Now Have Set Your Servant Free” was trickier to memorize than I expected, and even though I’ve played “Let All Things Now Living” many times as an organist, I don’t think I’ve actually ever sung it all the way through before.

Fun fact: the author of the lyrics, Katherine K. Davis, also wrote the Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy.”

Here’s a link to the text and sheet music >>>

Let All Things Now Living

Let all things now living
a song of thanksgiving
to God the Creator triumphantly raise,
who fashioned and made us,
protected and stayed us,
who guides us and leads to the end of our days.
His banners are o’er us,
his light goes before us,
a pillar of fire shining forth in the night,
till shadows have vanished
and darkness is banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces;
the stars in their courses
and sun in its orbit obediently shine;
the hills and the mountains,
the rivers and fountains,
the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing
our love and rejoicing;
with glad adoration a song let us raise,
till all things now living
unite in thanksgiving:
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!