O for a Thousand Tongues
Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), 1739
Tune: LYNGHAM by Thomas Jarman (1776-1861)
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
1. O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise, My great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and king, The triumphs of His grace, The triumphs of His grace, The triumphs of His grace.
2. My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, Assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad, The honors of Thy name, The honors of Thy name, The honors of Thy name.
3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, That bids our sorrows cease, That bids our sorrows cease— ’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’Tis life and health and peace, ’Tis life and health and peace ’Tis life and health and peace.
4. He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin, He sets the pris’ner free, He sets the pris’ner free; His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me; His blood availed for me, His blood availed for me.
5. He speaks, and, listening to His voice, New life the dead receive, The mournful, broken hearts rejoice, The humble poor believe.
6. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, Your loosened tongues employ; Ye blind, behold your Savior come, And leap, ye lame, for joy.
7. In Christ your Head, you then shall know, Shall feel your sins forgiven; Anticipate your heaven below, And own that love is heaven.
8. Glory to God, and praise and love Be ever, ever given, By saints below and saints above, The church in earth and heaven.
9. On this glad day the glorious Sun Of Righteousness arose; On my benighted soul He shone And filled it with repose.
10. Sudden expired the legal strife, ’Twas then I ceased to grieve; My second, real, living life I then began to live.