Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Representative Text

1 Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord, to you we raise,
manifested by the star
to the Magi from afar,
branch of royal David's stem,
in your birth at Bethlehem.
Anthems be to you addressed,
God in man made manifest.

2 Manifest at Jordan's stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme,
and at Cana, wedding guest,
in your Godhead manifest;
manifest in pow'r divine,
changing water into wine.
Anthems be to you addressed,
God in man made manifest.

3 Manifest in making whole
palsied limbs and fainting soul;
manifest in valiant fight,
quelling all the devil's might;
manifest in gracious will,
ever bringing good from ill:
Anthems be to you addressed,
God in man made manifest.

4 Sun and moon shall darkened be,
stars shall fall, the heav'ns shall flee.
Christ will then like lightning shine;
all will see his glorious sign.
All will then the trumpet hear,
all will see the judge appear.
You by all will be confessed,
God in man made manifest.

5 Grant us grace to see you, Lord,
mirrored in your holy Word.
May our lives and all we do
imitate and honor you
that we all like you may be
at your great epiphany
and may praise you, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #386

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Songs of thankfulness and praise
Title: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
Author: Christopher Wordsworth (1862)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Matt. 2:1-12
st. 2 = John 2:1-11, John 3:13-17
st. 3 = Matt. 4:1-11, 23-24
ref. = Mark 8:29, John 1:14

Christopher Wordsworth (b. Lambeth, London, England, 1807; d. Harewood, Yorkshire, England, 1885), nephew of the great Romantic poet William Wordsworth, wrote this hymn in five stanzas. It was published in his Holy Year (1862) John 3:13-17 with the heading "Sixth Sunday after Epiphany." Wordsworth described the text as follows

[It is a] recapitulation of the successive manifestations of Christ, which have already been presented in the services of the former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and anticipation of that future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will be manifest to all, when he will appear again to judge the world.

The didactic text teaches the meaning of Epiphany–the manifestation of Christ in his birth (st. 1), baptism, miracle at Cana (st. 2), healing of the sick, power over evil, and coming as judge (st. 3). Originally the refrain line was "Anthems be to thee addressed, God in man made manifest." The revised refrain borrows Peter's confession, "You are the Christ!" (Mark 8:29), and makes that our corporate confession as we acknowledge the 'Word become flesh" who lived among us.

Wordsworth was a prolific author and the most renowned Greek scholar of his day. Included in his works are Memoirs of William Wordsworth (1851), Commentary on the Mole Bible (1856-1870), Church History (1881-1883), innumerable sermons and pamphlets, and The Holy Year (1862), which contained 117 of his original hymns as well as 82 others written for all the Sundays and Christian holy days according to the Book of Common Prayer. Wordsworth was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, where he distinguished himself as a brilliant student. He later taught at Trinity College and was headmaster of Harrow School (1836-1844). Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1835, he was canon of Westminster in 1844, a country priest in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire (1850-1869), and then Bishop of Lincoln (1869-1885).

Liturgical Use:
Throughout the Epiphany season.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Songs of thankfulness and praise. Bishop C. Wordsworth, of Lincoln. [Epiphany.] First published in his Holy Year, 1862, No. 23, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, with the heading:—

"Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.—Recapitulation of the Subjects presented in the Services of former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and Anticipation of the future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will appear again, to judge the World."

In Bishop Wordsworth's revised and enlarged edition of the Holy Year, 1863, stanzas v., 1. 2, was changed from "Mirror'd in Thy holy word," to "Present in Thy holy word;" and the heading expanded to the following:—

"Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.—A Recapitulation of the successive Epiphanies or Manifestations of Christ, which have been already presented in the Services of the former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and which are preparatory to that future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will be manifested to all, when He will appear again to judge the World. See Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for this week."

This hymn is one of the most popular of Bishop Wordsworth's hymns, and is in extensive use in most English-speaking countries.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The tune SALZBURG, named after the Austrian city made famous by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was first published anonymously in the nineteenth edition of Praxis Pietatis Melica (1678); in that hymnbook's twenty-fourth edition (1690) the tune was attributed to Jakob Hintze (b. Bernau, Germany, 1622; d. B…

Go to tune page >

ST. EDMUND (Steggall)


George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

Go to tune page >



You have access to this FlexScore.
Are parts of this score outside of your desired range? Try transposing this FlexScore.
General Settings
Stanza Selection
Voice Selection
Text size:
Music size:
Transpose (Half Steps):
Contacting server...
Contacting server...
Questions? Check out the FAQ

A separate copy of this score must be purchased for each choir member. If this score will be projected or included in a bulletin, usage must be reported to a licensing agent (e.g. CCLI, OneLicense, etc).

This is a preview of your FlexScore.
The Cyber Hymnal #6248
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #361
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #243
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)


Instances (1 - 51 of 51)

Ambassador Hymnal #59


Ancient and Modern #104

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #669

TextPage Scan

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #107

TextPage Scan

Catholic Book of Worship III #348

TextPage Scan

Christian Worship (1993) #82

TextPage Scan

Christian Worship #386

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #197

TextPage Scan

Common Praise #90a

TextPage Scan

Common Praise #90b

TextPage Scan

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #609

TextPage Scan

CPWI Hymnal #104

TextPage Scan

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #172

TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #310

Page Scan

Gather (3rd ed.) #459


Gather Comprehensive #376

Page Scan

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #383

TextPage Scan

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #254

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #53


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #98a


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #98b

Hymns Old and New #451

TextPage Scan

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #368

TextPage Scan

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #333

TextPage Scan

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #278

TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan

Lift Up Your Hearts #104

TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan

Lutheran Service Book #394

TextPage Scan

Lutheran Worship #88

TextPage Scan

Moravian Book of Worship #313


One and All Rejoice #188

TextPage Scan

One in Faith #409

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #394

Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #361

TextPage Scan

Rejoice in the Lord #231

TextPage Scan

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #548

TextPage Scan

RitualSong #529

Santo, Santo, Santo #104


Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #145

Sing Glory #376

TextPage Scan

The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #130

TextPage Scan

The Book of Praise #176

The Christian Life Hymnal #144


The Cyber Hymnal #6248


The Hymnal 1982 #135

TextPage Scan

The New English Hymnal #56

TextPage Scan

The Worshiping Church #190

TextPage Scan

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #332

TextPage Scan

Voices United #101

TextPage Scan

Worship (3rd ed.) #410

TextPage Scan

Worship (4th ed.) #451

TextScoreAudioPage Scan

Worship and Rejoice #243

Include 75 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us