“All People That on Earth Do Dwell” is a metrical setting of Psalm 100 by Scottish clergyman William Kethe (d. 1594), who helped translate the Geneva Bible in 1560 and contributed 25 metrical psalms to the 1561 Anglo-Genevan Psalter.
The tune is commonly attributed to Louis Bourgeois (c. 1510–1560), a French composer and music theorist who was the primarily compiler of tunes for the Genevan Psalter. These were intended to be sung monophonically in services of worship (the French reformer John Calvin, who encouraged congregational singing of Psalms, disapproved of counterpoint and multiple parts), although Bourgeois provided four-part harmonizations for singing in the home.
The tune was first associated with a metrical setting of Psalm 134; its later association with Psalm 100 earned it the nickname, “Old Hundredth.” It is also the tune that most often accompanies the Doxology, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow,” the final stanza of the poem, “Awake, My Soul, and With the Sun,” by Thomas Ken (1637-1711).
This video is a demo of the sheet music available from Con Spirito Music. Visit conspiritomusic.com.
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