A Hymn on Music and Praise

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Fred Kaan
Tune Name: OSOYOOS

Lyrics as Poetry

Thank you, God, that long before all time
your great Spirit, source of reason, rhyme,
set the tone for all that came to be,
changed disorder into harmony.Thank you for the prelude of your Word –
theme alluding to the final chord –
for the fugue of each creative deed,
for the score you give your world to read.Thank you for the way creation sings,
for the beauty of the truth that rings,
for the keys in which we learn to play,
for the counterpoint of night and day.Thank you, God, for melody and mirth,
for the hymns that circle all the earth.
Thank you for cantata, reggae, jazz,
songs of protest, symphonies of praise.Thank you for a universe of sound,
for the lure of rhythm, dance and round.
Thank you for the life and lead of Christ:
Come, O Jesus, take us to the feast!


Words by
Fred KaanCopyright © 1989 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and CanadaCopyright © 1989 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

Author Fred Kaan, from his book
THE ONLY EARTH WE KNOW (page 34):

“I was commissioned to write [this] hymn for Perrymount Methodist Church in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, to mark their choir anniversary in 1985. I was the guest preacher for the occasion.“


The Only Earth We Know
(Hymn Texts by Fred Kaan)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA and Canada)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)


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A HYMN ON MUSIC AND PRAISE
One Verse + Optional Refrain
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Season, Theme
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  • Art, The Arts
  • Change
  • CREATION
  • Creativity
  • Gifts & Talents
  • Music, Song
  • Praise
  • Trinity

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