1music2-medAll People That On Earth Do Dwell 

William Kethe 

Geneva Psalter, 1561

Did you notice the date on this hymn? 1561 definitely makes it an old hymn. This is the time of the Reformation. Some protestant leaders, like John Calvin, believed in simple worship services consisting of prayer, preaching and singing of the Psalms.

Music was set to the Psalms of David and some were published in Geneva in 1561. This is one of them that has survived. Those of you up on your Bible will recognize this one: Psalm 100. If you know the tune to the Doxology, you will know the tune to this song. It’s the same. Here are the lyrics.

Verse One:

  • All people that on earth do dwell,
  • Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
  • Him serve with mirth His praise forth tell,
  • Come ye before Him and rejoice.

Verse Two:

  • The Lord ye know is God indeed,
  • Without our aid He did us make;
  • We are His flock, He doth us feed,
  • And for His sheep He doth us take.

Verse Three:

  • O’ enter then his courts with praise,
  • Approach with joy His courts unto;
  • Praise laud and bless His name always,
  • For it is seemly so to do.

Verse four:

  • For why? the Lord our God is good,
  • His mercy is forever sure;
  • His truth at all times firmly stood,
  • And shall from age to age endure.