Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Thomas Ken
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.Amen.
Thomas Ken was born in 1637 on the outskirts of England. He has been called "England's first hymnist." After he was ordained he became the chaplain at Winchester. He wrote three hymns in 1674. This was remarkable because hymns were unheard of in England. One hymn was to be sung at sunrise, another at bedtime and the third at midnight if you couldn't sleep. All three ended with the same stanza. The stanza that we sing today. Thomas Ken died on March 11, 1711 and he was buried at sunrise with this hymn sung at his funeral.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

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