I used to hear snatches of this hymn on the Christian radio station that we used to have, or playing on church bells some distance away. I loved it, but I didn’t know its name. But as you can see, I found out eventually.
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. Sung here by the congregation at Grace Community Church.
This is a wonderful rendition of a Charles Wesley hymn by St. Michael’s Singers–O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.
If you’re new here: we like to start each blogging day with a hymn, and I’m always open for hymn requests. If you have a favorite hymn you’d like to share, all you have to do is say so.
You might want to turn up the volume on this one–O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley, sung by the congregation and choir at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California.
Just in case you couldn’t get satisfactory sound quality out of the hymn I posted earlier, here’s another one with perfect sound–Blessed Be the Name, performed by Nathan and Lyle with family and friends in Denton County, Texas. This hymn is closely related to another well-loved classic, O For a Thousand Tongues to sing: they may even be variants of one another. Hymns pass through a lot of loving hands on their way to God’s ear.
This is probably as close as we can come to hearing how this hymn sounded in the 18th century, when Charles Wesley wrote it–O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Sounded pretty fine, didn’t it?
Turn up the volume on this one–O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. And read the lyrics: Wesley’s lyrics are always teaching, always bringing out treasure from the Scriptures.
I wish I knew who was singing this, so I could give them credit: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. Listen, and follow the lyrics: this is much of the New Testament, set to music. Let it fortify our spirits for the day.
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band perform O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.
This is the hymn the old-fashioned way. This is how George Washington would have heard it, in his lifetime.
You might not quickly recognize this as the traditional hymn, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing–because this is the way it was sung 300 years ago.
Thanks to reader “Fiat Lux,” I now know that the lead singer here, Maddy Prior, is also the woman who sang that wonderful rendition of To Be a Pilgrim, which I posted yesterday. She is an English folk singer with a career that started way back in the 1960s. Oh, what a voice!
Linda, you asked for it, so here it is–O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.
I hope my readers like this rendition by the David Crowder Band. It’s not quite the way they have it in the Methodist hymn book. But the lyrics are right, the spirit is there, and the message is intact.
In posting all these hymns and worship songs, I’ve become much more receptive to some of the more modern treatments of this music.
But it’s still hard to beat the lady playing the piano.