1 Oh, that I had a thousand voices
To praise my God with thousand tongues!
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,
Would then proclaim in grateful songs
To all, wherever I might be,
What great things God has done for me.
2 O forest leaves, so green and tender,
That dance for joy in summer air,
O meadow grasses, bright and slender,
O flow'rs, so wondrous sweet and fair,
You live to show his praise alone;
With me now make his glory known.
3 All creatures that have breath and motion,
That fill the earth, the sea, and sky,
Now join me in my heart's devotion;
Help me to raise his praises high.
My utmost pow'rs can never quite
Express the wonders of his might.
4 Lord, I will tell, while I am living,
Your love and grace with ev'ry breath
And greet each morning with thanksgiving
Until my heart is still in death,
And, when at last my lips grow cold,
Your praise shall in my sighs be told.
Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #242