Sollt ich meinem Gott

Meter: 8.7. 8.7. 8.7. 7.8. 7.7
Composer: Johann Schop, 1641
Source: Johann Rist & Johann Schop, Himmlische Lieder, Lüneburg, 1641
Proper Text: I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises (Sollt ich meinem Gott nicht singen)


This tune was originally written by Johann Schop for Johann Rist’s Easter text, “Let Us Praise the Lord our Savior (Lasset uns den Herren preisen),” which appeared in their joint publication, Himmlische Lieder, Lüneburg, 1641. A scan of the hymn as it appears in the 1652 revision is available here, courtesy of the Bavarian State Library in Munich. It later came to be most closely associated with Paul Gerhardt’s text, I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises (Sollt ich meinem Gott nicht singen).