Ye boundless realms of joy


Ye boundless realms of joy,
exalt your Maker's fame,
his praise your song employ
above the starry frame;
your voices raise,
ye cherubim
and seraphim,
to sing his praise.

Thou moon, that rul'st the night,
and sun, that guid'st the day,
ye glittering stars of light,
to him your homage pay.
His praise declare,
ye heavens above
and clouds that move
in liquid air.

Let them adore the Lord,
and praise his holy Name,
by whose almighty word
they all from nothing came;
and all shall last
from changes free;
his firm decree
stands ever fast.

United zeal be shown
his wondrous fame to raise,
whose glorious Name alone
deserves our endless praise.
Earth's utmost ends
his power obey;
his glorious sway
the sky transcends.

His chosen saints to grace,
he sets them up on high,
and favours Israel's race,
who still to him are nigh;
O therefore raise
your grateful voice,
and still rejoice
the Lord to praise.


Words: Nicholas Brady (1659-1726) and Nahum Tate (1652-1715), 1696;
metrical version of Psalm 148

Music: Darwall's 148th (John Darwall, 1731-1789)

Meter: 66 66 44 44

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 213    
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 191 Croft's 148th  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 411 Gopsal  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 411 Darwall  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 411 Darwall  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 411 Darwall  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 231 Bickleigh  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 466    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 593 Darwall  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 603 Darwall  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 669 Jubilee  
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 196 Darwall  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 329 Croft's 136th  
Songs of Praise, 1925 374 Croft's 136th, Darwall  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988      
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 356 Croft's 136th  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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