Hymn #273: Praise with Joy the World’s Creator
John Goss (1800-1880) composed LAUDA ANIMA, Latin for “Praise my soul,” in 1869 for H. F. Lyte’s hymn beginning with those English words. It became one of the most popular of the Victorian tunes in Great Britain and is frequently sung at weddings.
John Goss, the son of an organist, became one of the greatest organists to serve at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, in the nineteenth century. It was said that he never began a composition without first asking for God’s blessing upon his work. Goss was knighted in 1872.