This classic anthem is based on the tune Lasst uns Erfreuen. SSAATTBB, organ, with optional brass quintet (2 Trumpets in B-flat, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba). Grand and celebratory and not difficult. Great for multiple choirs or any kind of choir festival. Sung at the 2010 Sewanee Church Music Conference with organ accompaniment (Malcolm Archer, conducting).
Also available with the text Ye Watchers, and Ye Holy Ones. (Advent, All Saints, Saints Days)
Paraphrase of Psalm 148
Lord, Who hast made us for thine own,
Hear as we sing before Thy throne, Alleluia.
Accept Thy children's rev'rent praise
For all Thy wondrous works and ways, Alleluia.
Waves, rolling in on ev'ry shore,
Pause at His footfall and adore, Alleluia.
Ye torrents rushing from the hills,
Bless Him Whose hand your fountains fill, Alleluia.
Earth, ever through the power divine,
Seedtime and harvest shall be thine, Alleluia.
Sweet flow'rs that perfume all the air,
Thank Him that He hath made you fair, Alleluia.
Burn, lamps of night, with constant flame,
Shine to the honor of His name, Alleluia.
Thou sun, whom all the lands obey,
Renew His praise from day to day, Alleluia.