Words and Music by:  Charles Wesley (1707-1788) in 1739

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing is a Christian hymn written by Charles Wesley. Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 hymns, many of which were subsequently reprinted, frequently with alterations, in hymnals, particularly those of the Methodist Church.

Wesley wrote this hymn to commemorate the first anniversary of his conversion to Christ. This origin is reflected in the lyrics, “On this glad day the glorious Sun of Righteousness arose.” The stanza that begins “O for a thousand tongues to sing” is verse seven of Wesley’s original poem. This work first appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1740.



Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

LYRICS:  O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing

my great Redeemer's praise,

the glories of my God and King,

the triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God,

assist me to proclaim,

to spread through all the earth abroad

the honors of thy name.

3. 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.

4. He breaks the power of canceled sin,

he sets the prisoner free;

his blood can make the foulest clean;

his blood availed for me.

5. Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,

your loosened tongues employ;

ye blind, behold your savior come,

and leap, ye lame, for joy.