HYMN SPOTLIGHT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019

HYMN SPOTLIGHT

Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven (1834)

Henry Francis Lyte, 1793-1847

Lots of earlier hymn writers made paraphrases of The Psalms. But Lyte, who won the prize for poetry three years in a row at Trinity College, Dublin, added a new dimension by making them poetical interpretations. This version of portion of Psalms 103 includes such memorable lines as “Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,” “Father-like He tends and spares us,” and “Frail as summer’s flower we flourish/Blows the wind, and it is gone.”

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