Hymn Story: Let Us with a Gladsome Mind 

John Milton (1608-1674) wrote the hymn “Let Us with a Gladsome Mind” in 1623.

Milton composed various musical versions of some of the Psalms. This hymn is based on Psalm 136.

The tune “Monkland” is rooted in the text of “Fahre fort” (1704) by Johann A. Freylinghausen’s.  John Antes (1740-1811) significantly altered the tune to the composition known today. He was a missionary, watchmaker, business manager, and composer and served as a missionary in Egypt from 1783 until his death. He composed over fifty hymn tunes.

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