Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow

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"Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow" is a Christian hymn written by Thomas Ken in 1674. This hymn was actually used as a doxology to conclude many hymns written by Ken. It was so well-loved and performed it became a famous Christian hymn on its own, found in many hymnals today as the lyrics below. The lyrics of this hymn give praise to God as the Holy Trinity and recognize that all things come from our Almighty Creator. Read the lyrics and Thomas Ken's biography along with popular performances of this Christian song below!

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow Lyrics

Also known as the "Doxology" hymn

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Praise God the Father who’s the source;
Praise God the Son who is the course;
Praise God the Spirit who’s the flow;
Praise God, our portion here below!

Songwriters Thomas Ken (1674) Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow

Thomas Ken studied at Winchester College, Hart Hall, and New College, Oxford, England. Ordained in the Church of England in 1662, he served as a pastor, chaplain at Winchester College (1669-1679), chaplain to Princess (later Queen) Mary in The Hague, and bishop of Bath and Wells (1685-1691).

He was a man of conscience and independent mind who did not avoid conflicts with royalty. When King Charles II came to visit Winchester, he brought along his mistress, the famous actress Nell Gwynne. Ken was asked to provide housing for her. The tale is told that Ken quickly announced his house was under repair and had a builder take off the roof! He later was dismissed from the court at The Hague when he protested a case of corruption. Later in 1688, Bishop Ken declined to read King James II's Declaration of Indulgence in the churches, which endowed greater religious freedom in England, and he was shortly imprisoned in the Tower of London. A few years later he refused to vow allegiance to King William, and he lost his bishopric.

Ken wrote many hymns, which were published posthumously in 1721 and repub­lished in 1868 as Bishop Ken's Christian Year, or Hymns and Poems for the Holy Days and Festivals of the Church. But he is best known for his morning, evening, and midnight hymns, each of which has as its final stanza the famous doxology “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.”

 

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