Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 11, 2011

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age to same;
his holy Name–the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children’s children and for evermore!

Timothy Dudley-Smith

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Mendip Nomad 12.14.11 at 2:39 pm

Just a quick question, owing to another conversation I’ve been having elsewhere - where did you get this text, since all the versions I have suggest you are missing a comma after the second word of the second line of the first verse, which raises a slight ambiguity to its meaning not present in your version :)


Kim 12.14.11 at 5:24 pm

Interesting. In fact, Mission Praise (1990) and Let’s Praise (1988) both omit the comma, unlike Hymns and Psalms and Rejoice and Sing. But, yes, grammatically, the comma renders “Unnumbered blessings” a vocative for “give” (l. 2) and “tender” (l. 3); otherwise, “Unnumbered blessings” is the subject of both verbs. Surely the version with the comma makes more sense. Moreover, the version with the comma is reproduced in Book of Hymns (2005) by Ian Bradley, and includes “© Timothy Dudley-Smith. Reproduced by permission of the author.”

BTW, it was from reading the opening phrase of the Magnificat in a review copy of the now much-derided NEB that Dudley-Smith got the idea for his fine hymn. He says: “I saw in it the first line of a poem and speedily wrote the rest.”


Richard 12.14.11 at 7:41 pm

Source of these words was my own hard drive: I can’t remember how or why they came to be there. Sorry.

I agree with Kim. With the comma makes more sense, but I’ll leave it as it is.

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