Serene Sunday – How Great Thou Art

Last week, a commenter shared a video: Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill singing How Great Thou Art.  I’m not one for country and western music, but this rendition blew me away.  How Great Thou Art is a Christian hymn set to Swedish folk music.  Carl Gustav Boberg composed it in Sweden in 1885.  A British missionary translated it into English, adding two original verses.  The hymn was popularized during the Billy Graham crusades.  It apparently ranks second behind Amazing Grace in favorite hymns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLLMzr3PFgk

Oh 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

Then sings my soul
My Saviour, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

And when I think of 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

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

When Christ shall come
With shouts of acclamation
And lead me home
What joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow
With humble adoration
And then proclaim My God
How great Thou art

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

How great Thou art
How great Thou art…

 

17 thoughts on “Serene Sunday – How Great Thou Art

  1. I love your musical posts! This is such a lovely rendition because of the harmony.  I love to sing this song. It is so powerful and meaningful and with a range not too difficult to sing.

  2. Thank you Judiang for such a lovely end to my Saturday!  I will be sure to watch it again once my Sunday begins – or maybe I should say when I get up tomorrow morning as I see midnight is fast approaching.  One of my daughters sent me a link to this some time ago and I find myself overcome each time I watch it.  They harmonize so wonderfully together.  Truly moving!

  3. Several years ago, Nan Mouskouri included Ottawa on her farewell tour. The Capital is not a metropolis, barely skirting 1 m. She has had a strong following here, and she didn’t neglect it.

    From her peak days,

    http://metacafe.com/watch/2162385/try/to_remember_nana_mouskouri_harry_belafonte/

    Madame Mouskouri could not hit the top notes of her extensive range now, but she and the backup worked with that. And the voice remained awesome. There was such a gallantry and homage to early “fans”/patrons, in this visit. The NAC was packed – and we so much appreciated the visit. This song, which might seem melancholy and nostalgic, in the coming winter, yet reminds us that not only is there September next year, but Spring will also come.

  4. One of the most interesting facts about this song and the authorof the lyrics, Stuart Hine, is that the 4 verses were written over the course of 3 decades…the 1st being inspired by the Carpathian Mtns, the 2nd came after a youth gathering in the woods, the 3rd was in response to a large number of conversions at a rally and the 4th verse emerged during WWII while Hine was in England.  The final product was handed to George Beverly Shea in 1954, who immortalized the song in the Billy Graham crusades.

    The fourth verse speaks of Christ’s return and I have often wondered what must have been going through people’s minds during those horrific bomb raids in England…well, all over Europe.  Did they think the End TImes were upon them? I’ve attempted thru the years to pose this question to my elders who were alive during those years…many interesting answers.  OK, off topic…sorry.  But I just love this song so much. The words are mighty! Thanks for sharing this!!

    PS @Fitzg…the link won’t work for me??!

     

    • Thanks for the info about the song NB!!  My late husband had a nice tenor voice and would sing along when he would hear George Beverly Shea singing it!

      Not sure if I should be revealing just how old I really am (especially in light of some of the comments I make about a certain TDHBEW!) but I actually experienced the bombing in the UK (my home was in Scotland) and in spite of being a little girl at the time, still have vivid memories of it.  Our home suffered a near miss one night but the bomb failed to explode.  If it had, I might not be here to tell the tale.  I was far too young to really appreciate the terrible danger we were in on a daily basis but it must have been so much worse for my mother who fully understood.  My Dad was in the army so she had to shoulder the burden all on her own, many a night having to wake me up to go to the air-raid shelter at the bottom of the garden.

      • Ha Teuchter!!  Hadn’t thought of you as my elder but WOW, you were there?!!!  What amazing stories you can tell your grandchildren/greats!  You have written it all down?  Please say yes and if you say no, git ta writin’ gal.

        I don’t believe in coincidence, but this Sunday was our family’s turn to do the special music at church and for months my oldest 2 granddaughters have begged to sing “How Great” with me so they could do the signs they learned for it at Bible School.  They sang and signed while I held the mic and sang, accompanied by a new church member on the guitar.  Wish you could’ve seen their radiant smiles as they sang!  (They’re 5 & 6.)  It was a definite G-d moment on a beautiful Sunday morning!!!  OK, Carrie and Vince might not have been impressed, but we did our best! ; )

        • Yep!  I was there!!  So now you know just how old I really am!  Seeing that I’m “outed” I might as well admit that I was born in 1938 and lived through the 24 bombing raids on my home town, the first major one being in 1940 as well as a “terror attack” of bombs, machine guns and cannon in 1943 which left severe damage and many deaths and injuries.  Over the war years 2500 people died and over 8000 were injured in the city.

          What a special experience for you and your granddaughters today.  I would have loved to have been there!

           

  5. Another very familiar song from my childhood. Controversial in our church because it was so “modern” (A lot of what we sang was written in the 17th c.) Eyes a little misty.

  6. Well, fellow agnostic, we don’t have to be practicing anything to participate in the celebration of the soul and spirit. We love Baptist/soul music. Ladysmith Black Mombasa? Celtic lament and renewal? Papa Haydn’s humour?  The old carols of the Anglican tradition.; Joni Mtichell; John Lennon – Imagine; the music of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Etc. etc. Whatever feeds our spirit.

    November Bride, I couldn’t access the link, either, either sending the comment. So, at a loss to explain how it turned up via googling. For Nana, it just worked to google her name and find the song and write, yes write down the link.. (What? I’m supposed to be a clone of the late Steve Jobs, to whom I owe so much, but cannot emulate in the simplest form?)  

     

  7. This song was sung at a Christian wedding ceremony I recently attended. Had no idea it was based on a folk song, but I do like the melody, even if I’m not that keen on the words. 😉 You learn something new every day!

    • I had no idea it was based on a folk song either. I’ve always thought if I don’t learn something every day, I must not have been paying attention. 😀

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