Antiphon from Psalm 46 (Vulgate) / Psalm 47 (Hebrew Bible) with neumes in the antiphonary Codex Einsidlensis 121, 2nd half of the 10th century: Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus.
Antiphon from Psalm 46 (Vulgate) / Psalm 47 (Hebrew Bible) with neumes in the antiphonary Codex Einsidlensis 121, 2nd half of the 10th century: Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus.

Psalm 47:1-5 [Latin Vulgate: Psalm 46:2-6]

1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus; jubilate Deo in voce exsultationis: quoniam Dominus excelsus, terribilis, rex magnus super omnem terram. Subjecit populos nobis, et gentes sub pedibus nostris. Elegit nobis haereditatem suam; speciem Jacob quam dilexit. Ascendit Deus in jubilo, et Dominus in voce tubae.


Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus à 16 (1597), from Symphoniae sacrae I, no. 61, composed by Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554/1557-1612)

Giovanni Gabrieli - Omnes gentes

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English: Interior of the Church of St Peter & ...
English: Interior of the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Old Bolingbroke “Sing ye praises with understanding”, which is from Psalm 47:7 Carved into the organ surround. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 47:1-9b

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.


O clap your hands, first performed in 1622 and composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

O Clap your hands, by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

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Vaughan Williams circa 1920
Vaughan Williams c. 1920

Psalm 47:1-2,5-8

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.


O clap your hands (1920), composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

O Clap Your Hands - Queen's 90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving.

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SATB, Organ. For Mixed Voices with Brass, Percussion & Organ, or Trumpet & Organ, or Ful. Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). With Standard notation. 10 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Thorpe Music #392-03044. Published by Thorpe Music (PR.392030440).

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English: Ascension of Christ
Ascension of Christ by Garofalo, 1476-1559 (Image via Wikipedia)

Acts 1:11; Psalm 47:5; Psalm 103:19 [Latin]

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

Viri Galilaei / Ascendit Deus (1569, Liber primus motettorum) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/6-1594)


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