"O for a thousand tongues to sing" originally had 17 verses and was entitled
"Glory to God, and Praise and Love"? (The tune we use was written about one
hundred years later.)
Here's the whole thing:
1. Glory to God, and praise and love
be ever, ever given,
by saints below and saints above,
the church in earth and heaven.
[Verses 2-6 are about his conversion]
2. On this glad day the glorious Sun
of Righteousness arose;
on my benighted soul he shone
and filled it with repose.
3. Sudden expired the legal strife
'twas then I ceased to grieve;
my second, real, living life
I then began to live.
4. Then with my heart I first believed,
believed with faith divine,
power with the Holy Ghost received
to call the Savior mine.
5. 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!
6. I found and owned his promise true,
ascertained of my part,
my pardon passed in heaven I knew
when written on my heart.
[then the familiar ones . . . ]
7. O for a thousand tongues. . .
8. My gracious Master . . .
9. Jesus! the name that charms . . .
10. He breaks the power . . .
11. He speaks, and listening . . .
12. Hear him, ye deaf . . .
[Verses 13-17 deal with the fact that God's grace is sufficient to redeem
even the worst of sinners. Charles Wesley, like the apostle Paul, considered
himself the worst. You can continue to hum along if you like. Please be
considerate of others in the workplace.]
13. Look unto him, ye nations, own
your God, ye fallen race!
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
be justified by grace!
14. See all your sins on Jesus laid;
the Lamb of God was slain,
his soul was once an offering made
for every soul of man.
15. Harlots and publicans and thieves,
his holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
for crimes as great as mine.
16. Murderers and all ye hellish crew,
ye sons of lust and pride,
believe the Savior died for you;
for me the Savior died.
17. With me, your chief, you then shall know,
shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below
and own that love is heaven.
- Charles Wesley, 1739
[Remember that God's forgiveness is what allows us come to him in worship and
prayer. Be careful if you're feeling that others need his forgiveness more
than you do. "Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it!"]
Have a great week,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina