Hymn #36: To God Compose a Song of Joy

Ruth C. Duck (b. 1947) translated Psalm 98 from the original Hebrew for a class in which she was learning that ancient biblical language; she later adapted the psalm in a metrical paraphrase for a different class.  The text spoke to her of hope in God's justice.


Ruth Duck is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.  She edited Becoming One, a hymn collection of the Boston (Massachusetts) School of Theology, and served on the hymnal committed for the Disciples of Christ's Chalice Hymnal (1995).

Thomas Haweis (1734-1820) wrote the tune RICHMOND in 1792.  It was named for a friend, Leigh Richmond, who was rector at Bedfordshire Chapel in Bath, England.  Haweis served as  chaplain to Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, who owned the chapel.


Thomas Haweis abandoned medical studies to become an Anglican clergy.  In addition to his work in ministry, he was a capable composer and hymn tune editor.  Haweis served churches in Oxford and Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, England, before becoming managed of Countess Selina's chapels.