Joseph Renville

Short Name: Joseph Renville
Full Name: Renville, Joseph, 1779-1846
Birth Year: 1779
Death Year: 1846

Joseph R. Renville’s mother was Dakota and his father, French. An explorer, fur trader, and Congregational minister, Renville helped found the Lac qui Parle Mission in Minnesota in 1835. This song, which is also known as the “Dakota Hymn,” was sung by thirty-eight Dakota prisoners of war as they were led to execution at Mankato, Mennesota, on December 26, 1862. This song was first published in the Dakota Indian Hymnal (1916).

Sing! A New Creation

Texts by Joseph Renville (7)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Great Spirit God, the things which are yoursJoseph R. Renville (Author)English2
Many and great, O God, are your worksJoseph R. Renville (Author)English29
Muchas y grandes uts obras, Dios (Antiphonal response)Joseph R. Renville (Author (antifona))Spanish3
Muchas y grandes tus obras, DiosJoseph R. Renville (Author)Spanish3
Wakantanka ohinniyanJoseph Renville (Author)2
Wakantanka taku nitawaJoseph Renville (Author)Dakota2
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingersJoseph R. Renville (Author (refrain))English1
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