Begin, my tongue, some heavenly themeAuthor: Isaac Watts
Published in 276 hymnals
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1 Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme
And speak some boundless thing;
The mighty works or mightier Name
Of our eternal King.
2 Tell of His wondrous faithfulness
And sound His pow'r abroad;
Sing the sweet promise of His grace,
The love and truth of God.
3 His very word of grace is strong
As that which built the skies;
The voice that rolls the stars along
Speaks all the promises.
4 O might I hear Thy heav'nly tongue
But whisper, "Thou art mine!"
Those gentle words shall raise my song
To notes almost divine.
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Begin, my tongue [soul], some heavenly theme. I. Watts. [Faithfulness of God.] First published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707 (2nd edition, 1709, Book ii., No. 169), in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The faithfulness of God in His promises." In 1776, Toplady included it, in an altered and abbreviated form, in his Psalms and Hymns, No. 388, as "Begin, my soul, some heavenly theme." This form of the hymn has been repeated in many collections, sometimes verbatim from Toplady, and again, with further alterations, as in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1830, and revised edition, 1875. Its use in America, usually abbreviated, is much more extensive than in Great Britain.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 13 of 13)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #388||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||ST MAGNUS||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||CM||2 Peter 3:5; Genesis 1:6-8; Genesis 1:16; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 5:4; Psalm 29:3-4; Psalm 57:8-11; Psalm 119:25||2000|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #2||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||ST. MAGNUS||Isaac Watts||1983|
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #29||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||MANOAH||Isaac Watts||1979||Worship | General|
|Sing Joyfully #109||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||[Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme]||Isaac Watts||1989||Adoration | ; Worship ||
|Small Church Music #677||St. Anne||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||ST. ANNE||Isaac Watts||126.96.36.199|
|Small Church Music #927||St. Magnus||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||ST. MAGNUS||Isaac Watts||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #1981||Manoah||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||MANOAH||Isaac Watts||184.108.40.206|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #70||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||Isaac Watts||2012|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #29||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Begin, my tongue some heav'nly theme||ST. ANNE||Isaac Watts||C.M.||1997||Exalt the Lord | ; Adoration and Praise | God Our Father|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #30||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Manoah||2006|
|The Cyber Hymnal #421||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heav'nly Theme||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||MANOAH||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Hymns and Sacred Songs</cite>, 1707-9, Book II, number 69|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #70||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||MANOAH||Isaac Watts||C.M.||1986||God Our Father : His Love and Mercy ||
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #116||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||ST MAGNUS||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||86.86||Genesis 17:1-18; Psalm 28; Romans 4:13-25; Psalm 89:1-6; Psalm 35; Isaiah 43:1-5; Genesis 15:5||1999||Confession of Faith | ; Confidence | ; Covenant | ; Creation | ; Faith | ; Faithfulness of God | ; Grace | ; Patriarchs | ; Proclamation: Witness | ; Providence | ; Word of God ||