Shouting God's Praise

O God, my heart with love inflame

Author: William Colbert (1801)
Published in 76 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O God my heart with love inflame,
That I may in thy holy name,
Aloud in songs of praise rejoice,
While I have breath to raise my voice:
Then will I shout, then will I sing,
And make the heav'nly arches ring:
I'll sing and shout for evermore
On that eternal happy shore.

2 O! Jesus, hope of glory, come,
And make my heart thy humble home;
For the short remnant of my days,
I want to sing and shout thy praise:
I want to pray, and never cease,
And live rejoicing in thy peace,
And to give thanks in ev'ry thing,
And sing and shout, and shout and sing.

3 When on my dying bed I lay,
Lord give me strength to shout and pray,
And praise thee with my latest breath,
Until my voice is lost in death:
Then sisters, brothers, shouting come,
My body follow to the tomb,
And as you march the solemn road,
Sing loud, and shout the praise of God.

4 Then you below, and I above,
Will sing and shout the God we love,
Until that great and awful day,
When Christ shall call our slumb'ring clay;
Then from our dusty beds we'll spring,
And shout "O Death where is thy sting?
"O Grave, where is thy victory?"
We'll shout to all eternity.

5 Our race is run we've gain'd the prize,
"Well done!" the sovereign of the skies
Will smiling to his children say,
"Come reign with me in endless day;"
Then on that happy, happy shore,
We'll sing and shout, for evermore;
We'll sing and shout, and shout and sing,
And make all heav'n with praises ring.

Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #153

Author: William Colbert

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Text Information

First Line: O God, my heart with love inflame
Title: Shouting God's Praise
Author: William Colbert (1801)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


This hymn, printed variously starting "O God" or "My God," is sometimes credited to Richard Allen based on its appearance in his 1801 hymn book, but it was printed in two other collections in 1801, each with textual variations. William Colbert, an itinerant Methodist preacher who knew Allen, claimed authorship of the hymn in A Journal of the Travels of William Colbert. See J. Roland Braithwaite, “Originality in the 1801 hymnals of Richard Allen,” New Perspectives on Music: Essays in Honor of Eileen Southern (Warren, MI: Harmonie Park, 1992), p. 78. —CF



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The "Connexion" and Jeremiah Ingalls Society Bicentennial Edition, 1805-2005 of The Christian Harmony, Or, Songster's Companion #5

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