O for a thousand tongues to sing

O for a thousand tongues to sing
  My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
  The triumphs of His grace.
My gracious Master and my God,
  Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad,
  The honors of Thy name.
Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
  That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
  ’Tis life, and health, and peace.
His love my heart has captive made,
  His captive would I be,
For He was bound, and scourged and died,
  My captive soul to free.
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
  He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
  His blood availed for me.
So now Thy blessed Name I love,
  Thy will would e’er be mine.
Had I a thousand hearts to give,
  My Lord, they all were Thine!
Ruth and Brian Schwarz

Branson, Missouri, United States

my family uses this wonderful site to sing along with the songs - wonderful words of life, like this blessed song. thank you for the accompanying music.

Ronald Barnard

Gresham, OR, United States

After 50 years of United Methodism, this is part of our UM history course at Claremont School of Theology. These words and music ring true.

Matthew, Sarah

Sarasota, FL, United States

Wonderful words to express what goes on . love from the freedom.. fruit and peace and joy and energy from beginning a conversation in faith alone... then finding there is someone, an actual maker of the universe interested in that conversation


Susan Skalleberg

Hopewell, Virginia, United States

How beautiful ! And the tune is like bells pealing.

Vb Timpson

Miami, Florida, United States

Such a beautiful song & melody with such a profound meaning! I grew up on it & it yet remains very dear to me.

Kerobin Crystall

Accra, Ghana

This song takes away any burden of a sort ...


Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria

A beautiful beautiful song. It echoes & reiterates the riches of redemption in Christ as the scriptures teach.

It captures our redemption by grace & our responsibility of proclaiming the eternal triumph of that great Shepherd of the sheep to the world. Oh! how lovely our Saviour is; He has redeemed the world to Himself, O that the world receives His redemption

Olowoporoku Sunmisola

Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria

I just sang it now and one of the one you said has been removed out of nineteen stanza is the one I love: 'i felt my Lord atoning blood close to my soul applied

Me, me he loved the son of God, for me for me he died.

Ana Lara

United States

“O For a Thousand Tongues” was written in 1749 on the eleventh anniversary of Charles Wesley’s own conversion experience. It is believed that it may have been inspired by a remark Peter Bohler, a Moravian leader, who exclaimed, “Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ Jesus with all of them. ” The hymn originally had nineteen stanzas and when first published was titled, “For the Anniversary Day of One’s Conversion. ” Most of the verses no longer used deal with Wesley’s conversion experiences. For example:

“I felt my Lord’s atoning blood close to my soul applied

Me, me He loved—the Son of God—for me, for me, He died. ”


Pompano Beach, Florida, United States

My husband and I just sang this hymn together sitting in our backyard doing our evening devotions. We choose to sing our great Redeemer’s praise in the midst of this worldwide covid-19 situation!