1 Begin, my tongue, some heavenly 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 power abroad;
sing the sweet promise of his grace
and our fulfilling 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 He said, "Let wide the heaven be spread,'
and heaven was stretched abroad;
'Abram, I'll be your God,' he said
and he was Abram's God.
5 O might I hear your heavenly tongue
but whisper, 'You are mine';
those gentle words should raise my song
to notes almost divine.
6 How would my leaping heart rejoice,
and think my heaven secure!
I trust the all-creating voice,
and faith desires no more.
Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #116
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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)