Begin, my tongue, some heavenly themeAuthor: Isaac Watts
Published in 264 hymnals
[Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme,
And speak some boundless thing;
The mighty works, or mightier name,
Of our eternal King.
Tell of his wondrous faithfulness,
And sound his power abroad;
Sing the sweet promise of his grace,
And the performing God.
Proclaim "salvation from the Lord
For wretched, dying men;"
His hand has writ the sacred word
With an immortal pen.
Engraved as in eternal brass
The mighty promise shines;
Nor can the powers of darkness 'rase
Those everlasting lines.]
[He that can dash whole worlds to death,
And make them when he please,
He speaks, and that almighty breath
Fulfills his great decrees.
His very word of grace is strong
As that which built the skies,
The voice that rolls the stars along
Speaks all the promises.
He said, "Let the wide heaven be spread,"
And heaven was stretched abroad:
"Abram, I'll be thy God," he said,
And he was Abram's God.
O might I hear thine heavenly tongue
But whisper, "Thou art mine!"
Those gentle words should raise my song
To notes almost divine.
How would my leaping heart rejoice,
And think my heaven secure!
I trust the all-creating voice,
And faith desires no more.]
The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, 1806
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Begin, my tongue [soul], some heavenly theme. I. Watts. [Faithfulness of God.] First published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707 (2nd edition, 1709, Book ii., No. 169), in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The faithfulness of God in His promises." In 1776, Toplady included it, in an altered and abbreviated form, in his Psalms and Hymns, No. 388, as "Begin, my soul, some heavenly theme." This form of the hymn has been repeated in many collections, sometimes verbatim from Toplady, and again, with further alterations, as in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1830, and revised edition, 1875. Its use in America, usually abbreviated, is much more extensive than in Great Britain.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (6)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Celebration Hymnal #29||Begin, my tongue some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||William Croft||184.108.40.206||Psalm 71:24||ST. ANNE||C Major||English||1997|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #17||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme, And speak some boundless thing||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||220.127.116.11||MANOAH||G Major||English||1982|
|Sing Joyfully #109||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||Henry W. Greatorex||[Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme]||F Major||English||1989|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #30||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Manoah||2006|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #70||Begin, my tongue, some heav'nly theme||Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme||Isaac Watts||18.104.22.168||MANOAH||G Major or modal||1986|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #116||Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme||1999|