|1||O would, my God, that I could praise Thee,
With thousand tongues, by day and night!
How many a song my lips should raise Thee,
Who orderest all things here aright;
My thankful heart would ever be
Telling what God hath done for me.
|2||Oh, all ye powers that He implanted,
Arise, keep silence thus no more,
Put forth the strength that He hath granted,
Your noblest work is to adore;
O, soul and body, make you meet
With heartfelt praise your Lord to greet.
|3||Ye forest leaves so green and tender,
That dance for joy in summer air;
Ye meadow grasses bright and slender,
Ye flowers so wondrous sweet and fair;
Ye live to show His praise alone,
Help me to make His glory known.
|4||Oh, all things that have breath and motion,
That throng with life, earth, sea and sky,
Now join me in my heart’s devotion,
Help me to raise His praises high;
My utmost powers can ne’er aright
Declare the wonders of His might.
|5||Oh Father, deign Thou, I beseech Thee,
To listen to my earthly lays;
A nobler strain in Heaven shall reach Thee,
When I with angels hymn Thy praise.
And learn amid their choirs to sing
Loud hallelujahs to my King. Amen.