O That I Had a Thousand Voices
Anthem for SATB choir with optional accompaniment (ocatvo). Text by Johann Mentzer, 1704, translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1862, music by Johann Balthasar Konig, 1738, arranged by J. Bruce Ashton.
O that I had a thousand voices,
And with a thousand tongues could tell
Of Him in Whom the earth rejoices,
Who all things wisely does, and well
My grateful heart would then be free
To tell what God has done for me.
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,
That live to show his praise alone,
Help me to make His glory known.
Ye creatures that have breath and motion,
That fill with life, earth, sea and sky,
O join me in my heart’s devotion,
As I exalt the Lord most high:
My utmost powers can ne’er a right
Declare the wonders of His might.
O Father, deign Thou, I beseech Thee,
To listen to my earthly lays;
A nobler strain in Heav’n shall reach Thee
When I with angels hymn Thy praise,
And learn a mid their choirs to sing
Loud hallelujahs to my King.
– by Johann Mentzer, 1704; tr. Catherine Winkworth
O That I Had a Thousand Voices (midi)
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