O What Praises Shall We Render

O what praises shall we render

Author: John Burton
Tune: RIPLEY (Gregorian)
Published in 16 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O what praises shall we render
To the Lord who reigns above,
For His mercies, constant, tender,
For His condescending love?
Though we often have offended,
And transgressed His holy will,
Still has He our souls befriended;
We may call Him Father still.

2 Heavenly Father, Thou hast taught us
Thus to seek Thee in our youth;
Hitherto Thy grace hath brought us,
Lead us onward in Thy truth.
We are weak, do Thou uphold us,
And from every snare defend;
Let Thy mighty arms enfold us,
Save us, keep us, to the end.

3 O our Father, great and glorious!
Draw our youthful hearts to Thee;
Let Thy grace be there victorious,
Let Thy love our portion be.
May we know Thy great salvation,
Serve and love Thee all our days;
Then in heaven, Thy habitation,
Join to sing Thine endless praise.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #645

Author: John Burton

Burton, John, jun, a popular hymn-writer for children, was b. July 23, 1803, at Stratford in Essex, in which place he carried on business as a cooper for about 50 years. He died in 1877. Mr. Burton was a member of the Congregational body, and a Deacon of the Chapel where he attended, His contributions to hymnody began in 1822, when he sent his first production to the Evangelical Magazine. He continued to contribute to that and other periodicals for many years, his signature in the former being "Essex, J. B.," and in the Child's Companion, J. B. Essex." His publications are:— (1) One Hundred Original Hymns for the Young, 1850; (2) Hymns for Little Children, 1851; (3) The Child-Life of David; (4) The Book of Psalms in English Verse, 1871;… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O what praises shall we render
Title: O What Praises Shall We Render
Author: John Burton
Meter: D with refrain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


RIPLEY (Gregorian)

RIPLEY, composed in 1839, comes from the prolific pen of Lowell Mason (PHH 96), the great American promoter and publisher of school, choral, and congregational music. The tune title, assigned later, presumably honors George Ripley (1802-1889), the famous New York literary critic and transcendentalis…

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Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Angelic Songs #d146

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Hymnal and Order of Service #129

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Hymnal #129

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Lutherförbundets Sångbok #E84

Service and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d97

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Sunday School Book #4

Sunday School Hymnal #d316

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Sunday-School Book #5

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The Church and Sunday-School Hymnal #18

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #645


The Hymnal and Order of Service #645

The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d448

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The Junior Hymnal, Containing Sunday School and Luther League Liturgy and Hymns for the Sunday School #38

The Luther League Hymn Book #d113

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Wartburg Hymnal #324

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