Monday, January 03, 2005

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Hymn lyrics by Charles Wesley,
Music by Carl G. Gläser,
Arranged by Lowell Mason

Verse 1

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

Verse 2

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Verse 3

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

Verse 4

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

Verse 5

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

Verse 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.

Verse 7

In Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiv’n;
Anticipate your heav’n below,
And own that love is heav’n.

Verse 8

Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever giv’n,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heav’n.

Verse 9

On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And filled it with repose.

Verse 10

Sudden expired the legal strife,
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, reàl, living life
I then began to live.

Verse 11

Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Pow’r with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.

Verse 12

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!

Verse 13

I found and owned His promise true,
Ascërtained of my part,
My pardon passed in heav’n I knew
When written on my heart.

Verse 14

Look unto Him, ye nations, own
Your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
Be justified by grace.

Verse 15

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an off’ring made
For ev’ry soul of man.

Verse 16

Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Æthiop white.

Verse 17

Harlots and publicans and thieves
In holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

Verse 18

Murd’rers and all ye hellish crew
In holy triumph join!
Believe the Savior died for you;
For me the Savior died.

Verse 19

With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiv’n;
Anticipate your heav’n below,
And own that love is heav’n.

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