O that I had a thousand voices, To praise my God with thousand tongues

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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

Author: Johann Mentzer

Mentzer, Johann, was born July 27, 1658, at Jahmen, near Rothenburg, in Silesia, and became a student of theology at Wittenberg, In 1691 he was appointed pastor at Merzdorf; in 1693 at Hauswalde, near Bischofswerda; and in 1696 at Kemnitz, near Bernstadt, Saxony. He died at Kemnitz, Feb. 24, 1734 (G. F. Otto's Lexicon . . . Oberlausizischer Schriftsteller, ii., 581; ms. from Pastor Richter of Kemnitz, &c). He was a great friend of J. C. Schwedler, of Henrietta Catherine von Gersdorf, and of N. L. von Zinzendorf, all hymnwriters, and all his near neighbours. He was himself greatly tried in the furnace of affliction. He wrote a large number of hymns, over 30 of which appeared in the various hymnbooks of his time. Many of them, especially t… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O that I had a thousand voices, To praise my God with thousand tongues
Author: Johann Mentzer (1704, cento)
Source: Translation composite
Language: English
Publication Date: 1961
Copyright: Public domain



Johann Balthaser König (b. Waltershausen, near Gotha, Germany, 1691; d. Frankfurt, Germany, 1758) composed this tune, which later became associated with Johann Mentzer's hymn "O dass ich tausend Zungen hätte" (Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices). The harmonization is from the Wurttembergische Choral…

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #242TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #833
Hymnal: A Worship Book #84
Lutheran Worship #448Text
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #22TextPage Scan
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