I grew up singing this hymn “Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven” frequently in the church I grew up. Sang it often enough that when people change the words (as they are apt to do nowadays) it completely throws me off unless I close my eyes and just belt out the words that I know. 🙂
Henry Francis Lyte is the author to this lovely hymn “Praise my Soul the King of Heaven”. This hymn was used in the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. It is quite the familiar hymn in the United Kingdom. Mr. Lyte grew up in England, he was a renown poet and hymn writer. He entered the clery (Anglican) before he truly knew the Lord and was profoundly affected when a fellow clergyman died. This clergyman died knowing that despite his sin, Christ death and suffering covered all his sin. This lead Mr. Lyte to study the bible for himself and changed his preaching dramatically. Throughout his life he wrote poetry and has a large number of hymns attributed to him.
1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Praise the everlasting King.
2. Praise him for grace and favor
to fathers in distress;
praise him still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Glorious in his faithfulness.
3. Fatherlike, He tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame God knows;
In His hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Widely yet his mercy flows.
4. Angels help us to adore him,
ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon bow down before him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Praise with us the God of grace.
Sometimes this verse is added:
Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
God endures unchanging on,
Praise the High Eternal One!
If you would like to follow along with other hymns of the week see here. HYMNS.