1 We praise thee, O God, for the Son thou hast given,
We praise thee, O God, for the word which he gave;
We praise thee, O God, for the glad hope of heaven,
Thro’ Jesus who died and arose from the grave.
Hallelujah! we sing unto Jesus our King;
Who came down from heaven salvation to bring;
Hallelujah! we sing,
For the Savior, our King,
Over death rose triumphant, he liveth again.
2 We praise thee, O God, for the kind interceding,
Of Jesus our Lord, at the throne of thy love;
We praise thee, O God, for our souls thou art feeding,
With manna of grace from thy kingdom above. [Refrain]
3 We praise thee, O God, for the dear Holy Spirit,
We praise thee, O God, for the life-giving pow’r;
We praise thee, O God, that our souls may inherit
The Kingdom above and the life evermore. [Refrain]
William A. Ogden, 1841-1897
Born: October 10, 1841, Franklin County, Ohio.
Died: October 14, 1897, Toledo, Ohio.
When Ogden was six years old, his family moved to Indiana. He began studying music in local singing schools at age 8, and could read church music fairly well by age 10. A little later, he could write a melody by hearing it sung or played. When he was 18, he became a chorister in his home church.
At the outbreak of the American civil war, Ogden enlisted in the 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. During the war he organized a male choir, which became well known throughout the Army of the Cumberland.
After the war, Ogden r… Go to person page >