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

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Author: Joseph Renville

The son of a French trader and a Dakota woman, Joseph Renville was born near present-day St. Paul and lived with his Dakota relatives until he was ten, when he moved with his father to Canada. He eventually returned to Minnesota, where he was an interpreter for Lieutenant Zebulon Pike in 1805 and 1806 and for Major Stephen Long in 1823. Renville established a fur-trading post near Lac qui Parle, as an agent for the American Fur Company, in 1826. His familiarity with European and Indian culture, as well as his fluency in the Dakota, English, and French languages, made him an effective trader and a trusted intermediary among the people who lived and worked near his post. Raised as a Catholic, Renville invited European missionaries to estab… 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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