Latinised Hymns

O for a thousand tongues to sing

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My dear Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!

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.

He breaks the power of cancelled sin
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean
His blood availed for me.

He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim
And spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of thy name.


Ut mille vocibus canam
laudanda Domini
pronuntiando gloriam
et gratiam Dei!

Jesu! cum luctibus metus
hoc nomen dissipat;
est melos peccatoribus,
vitam cum pace dat.

Insontem reddit is reum,
captivum soluit;
purgat cruor foedissimum,
nec mihi deficit.

Jesu loquentis ad sonum
vivunt exanimes;
maestorum ecce gaudium
et pauperum fides!

Audite, surdi, vos Deum,
tu, mute, eum canas;
videte, caeci, Dominum,
tu, claude, salias;

Intende vocem, Deus mi
et Domine, meam,
ut mira nominis tui
ubique differam!

MM 30.10–6.11.97