All Ye Who on This Earth do Dwell

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Melody - "Nun danket all'", Johann Crüger, 1653; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Paul Gerhardt, 1648; German text

All ye who on this earth do dwell,
Give thanks and glorify
The Lord whose praises ever swell
In seraph songs on high.

2. Lift up your hearts in praise to God,
Himself best Gift of all,
Who works His wonders all abroad,
Upholding great and small.

3. Since first our life began to be,
He has preserved our frame;
And when man's strength was vanity,
He as our Helper came.

4. Though often we His patience try
And well deserve His frown,
In grace He lays His anger by
And pours new blessings down.

5. 'Tis He revives our fainting soul,
Gives joyful hearts to men;
And when great waves of trouble roll,
He drives them back again.

6. May He adorn with precious peace
Our own, our native, land
And crown with joys that never cease
The labors of our hand.

7. His love and goodness may He let
In and around us be,
All that may frighten us and fret
Cast far into the sea.

8. Long as we tarry here below
Our saving Health is He;
And when from earth to heaven we go,
May He our portion be!

9. He giveth His beloved sleep
When these frail heart-beats cease;
And in His presence then will keep
Our souls in endless peace.

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