Tell Out, My Soul

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith (1961)
Tune: WOODLANDS
Published in 53 hymnals

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1 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 Savior shall my heart rejoice.

2 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 the same;
his holy name the Lord, the Mighty One.

3 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.

4 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 forevermore!

Author: Timothy Dudley-Smith

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Notes

Scripture References:
all st. = Luke 1:46-55

One of the first hymn texts written by Timothy Dudley-Smith (PHH 233), this free paraphrase of the Song of Mary from Luke 1:46-55 is his best known. It was first published in the Anglican Hymn Book (1965). Dudley-Smith writes of this text:

I did not think of myself . . . as having in any way the gifts of a hymn-writer when in May 1961 I jotted down a set of verses, beginning "Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord." I was reading a review copy of the New English Bible New Testament, in which that line appears exactly as I have put it above; I saw in it the first line of a poem, and speedily wrote the rest (Dudley-Smith 1984).

The text calls us to proclaim the greatness "of the Lord" (st. 1), "of his name" (st. 2), "of his might" (st. 3), and "of his word" (st. 4). The text's strong language captures the spirit of Mary's exuberant song of praise to God. The powerful text contrasts with the humble meditative setting of the Song of Mary at 212. A third, partial setting of Mary's Song is found at 622–sung to a Taize round.

Liturgical Use:
Advent; Christmas; other services in which a jubilant setting of the Song of Mary is appropriate; Mary's Song is traditionally appointed for vespers; see additional comments at PHH 212.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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WOODLANDS

WOODLANDS is a perfect match for the bold text. Walter Greatorex (b. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, 1877; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1949) composed this tune in 1916, and it was published in the Public School Hymn Book in 1919. The tune's title refers to one of the schoolhouses at Gre…

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Church Family Worship #187
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #712
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Common Praise (1998) #362Text
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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #645
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Hymnal Supplement II #56
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #422
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #86
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #42a
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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #27Text
The New English Hymnal #186
The United Methodist Hymnal #200TextFlexScore
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #201
The Worshiping Church #350Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #161
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Worship (4th ed.) #578
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