Many and Great, O God

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1 Many and great, O God, are your works,
Maker of earth and sky.
Your hands have set the heavens with stars;
your fingers spread the mountains and plains.
You merely spoke and waters were formed;
deep seas obey your voice.

2 Grant us communion with you, our God,
though you transcend the stars.
Come close to us and stay by our side:
with you are found the true gifts that last.
Bless us with life that never shall end,
eternal life with you.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #27

Paraphraser: Philip Frazier

(no biographical information available about Philip Frazier.) Go to person page >

Author: Joseph Renville

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 Go to person page >

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First Line: Many and great, O God, are your works
Title: Many and Great, O God
Dakota Title: Wakatanka tuku nitawar
Author: Joseph Renville (1842)
Paraphraser: Philip Frazier
Source: Dakota hymn
Language: English; Spanish



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