Stories Behind The Hymn: How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art has been hailed as the American’s Hymn from the Billy Graham’s Crusade. It was written as a poem called ‘O Store Gud’ in 1885 by Carl G. Boberg (1859-1940) The music was composed by Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989) in the early 1920’s. Several years later, Boberg attended a meeting and was surprised to hear his poem being sung to the tune of an old Swedish melody.  Later, Mr. Hine wrote original English words and made his own arrangement of the Swedish melody, which became popular and is now known as the hymn, How Great Thou Art.

“O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.” – Psalm 92:5

“Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.” – Psalm 111:2

Lyrics

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Refrain
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Refrain

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Refrain

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Refrain

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

Refrain

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Music Lyrics HOW GREAT THOU ART © 1949 and 1953 by the Stuart Hine Trust. All rights in the USA its territories and possessions, except print rights, administered by EMICMG Publishing. USA print rights administered by Hope Publishing Company. All other North, Central and South American rights administered by Manna Music Inc. Rest of the world rights administered by Kingsway Communications Ltd.

King James Version (KJV)
Public Domain

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