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Sing Aloud To God Our Strength

by Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Tune: Wells

Tune: Berry Head

Tune: Wells

1 SING aloud to God our strength;
He has brought us hitherto:
He will bring us home at length;
This the Lord our God will do:
Doubt not, for His word is stable;
Fear not, for His arm is able.

2 Sing aloud to God our strength;
Sing with wonder of His love;
Who can tell its breadth or length,
Who below, or who above?
Who its depth and height can measure?
'Tis a rich unbounded treasure!

3 Sing aloud to God our strength;
He is with us where we go;
Fear we not the journey's length,
Fear we not the mighty foe:
All our foes shall be defeated,
And our journey safe completed.

Nuck Fleet said ...
Hi Tom

Well here is one not sung to the tune in the book! - it's actually WELLS not BERRYHEAD
Friday, Jan 27, 2017 : 01:11
Tom said ...
Thanks .. updated. Need to find one with the Berry Head tune too now!
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 : 20:13
Tom said ...
Ok I see you sent me the one with Berry-Head too, so now we have both :-)
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 : 20:23
Gregory Morris said ...
What a pity that Mr R. A. Evershed's tune, Cheshunt has not caught on outside the Ravenites. I did not know it until someone started it at Chester. They rather murdered it but when I got home and played it through, I thought it was rather good. Rather unorthodox harmonic progression in the last lines but it sort of works. Still, Wells is very fine. C.T. Lambert is another reliable source of good music.
Friday, Mar 12, 2021 : 06:56
Steve said ...
Hi Gregory,

Thanks for bringing that tune (CHESHUNT) to our attention.

Although we have lots of hymn / tune books, the only place I could find it (so far) is in the 1965 LITTLE FLOCK TUNEBOOK SUPPLEMENT (No. 121).

The tune on the previous page (AGABUS) is also quite interesting, but requires a line to be repeated!


Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 : 21:10
Gregory Morris said ...
Dear Steve

Anything by Miss Shanks is likely to be unsingable. We have a saying in Brass Band: If you can't whistle it, you can't have it!
Sunday, Mar 28, 2021 : 06:40
Malcolm said ...
The tune you have listed as Wells is different from the one listed at WELLS (Holroyd) - eHymnBook and played at 

Can you forward a copy of it to me please?

Friday, Oct 22, 2021 : 12:40
Nick Fleet said ...
Malcolm, the tune 'Wells' is a variation of 'St Petersburg' by Bortnianski - see <>

Another variation of it is called 'Peniel' and is tune #150 in Melodies and Chants available on this site at:

Friday, Oct 22, 2021 : 16:31

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