Posts tagged ‘Elizabethan Psalm Book’

October 17, 2015

2015-10-17 Notes from the Bench

“All people that on earth do dwell” by William Kethe and Louis Bourgeois

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


One of the oldest metrical psalm texts that remain in continued use, the history of “All people that on earth do dwell” goes back to the beginning of the English Reformation in the sixteenth century. Based on Psalm 100, this hymn, along with its present melody, first appeared in an Elizabethan Psalm Book and is one of the few hymn texts that remains linked with its original tune. Time has not diminished the directness, simplicity, and universality of this text. William Kethe, a Scotsman, wrote this text to go with the French melody composed by Louis Bourgeois.



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