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178. O Would, My God, That I Could Praise Thee

1 O would, my God, that I could praise Thee
With thousand tongues by day and night!
How many a song my lips should raise Thee,
Who order'st all things here aright!
My thankful heart would ever be
Telling what God hath done for me.

2 O all ye powers that He implanted,
Arise, keep silence thus no more;
Put forth the strength that He hath granted,
Your noblest work is to adore;
O soul and body, make ye meet
With heartfelt praise your Lord to greet.

3 O Father, deign Thou, I beseech Thee,
To listen to my earthly lays;
A nobler strain in heaven shall reach Thee,
When I with angels hymn Thy praise,
And learn amid their choirs to sing
Loud hallelujahs to my King.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: O would, my God, that I could praise Thee
Title: O Would, My God, That I Could Praise Thee
Author: Johann Mentzer (1704)
Translator: Miss Catherine Winkworth
Meter: 9 8, 9 8, 8 8.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1937
Topic: Church Year: Trinity Season; Trinity, Twelfth Sunday; Spiritual Dumbness (1 more...)
Tune Information
Name: WER WEISS, WIE NAHE MIR MEIN ENDE
Meter: 9 8, 9 8, 8 8.
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Bronner's Choral-Buch, 1715.



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