Hymn for Lent (Day 16): O for a thousand tongues to sing

This is nothing to do with anything for today. I’m still basking in the strangely warm glow of the Wesleys from yesterday. Enjoy.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
my dear Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
and spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of thy Name.

Jesus! the Name that charms our fears
and bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life and health and peace.

He speaks, and listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold, your Savior come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!

Glory to God and praise and love
be now and ever given
by saints below and saints above
the Church in earth and heaven.

Words: Charles Wesley, 1740

Here’s a video with the most widely sung setting worldwide. This will be a shocker to Americans, who will have not heard of this florid tune. I’ve only sung it once, and I thought it was glorious. Here’s a very modern setting of the usual tune for Americans. Don’t say I can’t get all modern here on 7WD.

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1 Response

  1. Bob Chapman says:

    If you don’t know the worldwide favorite version, you should get this CD by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band:


    Actually, you want this CD anyway. It contains another verse for “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” that you don’t find in the Hymnal 1982 that is worth the price of admission. Of course, I expect all of you not to play that verse until you’ve been to your Easter Vigil. Exceptions are granted for rectors and music directors that think they may want to add it for this Easter.

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