21. Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works

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1 Many and great, O God, are thy works,
Maker of earth and sky.
Thy hands have set the heavens with stars;
thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.
Lo, at thy word the waters were formed.
Deep seas obey thy voice.

2 Grant unto us communion with thee,
thou star-abiding One.
Come unto us and dwell with us.
With thee are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end,
eternal life with thee.

Text Information
First Line: Many and great, O God, are thy works
Title: Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works
Original Language: Dakota
Author: Joseph R. Renville (1842)
Translator: Philip Frazier (1929, alt.)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Creation; Providence; Sovereignty of God
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Emily R. Brink (1995)
Meter: Irregular
Key: c minor
Source: Dakota melody
Copyright: Harm. © 1995 Faith Alive Christian Resources

Text Information:

First came the evocative Dakota chant, bearing a French name (“the lake that speaks”) for the site of a Native American mission in western Minnesota. That was where the original seven-stanza text based on Jeremiah 10:12–13 was written in the Dakota language to fit the tune.

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