How Great Thou Art - Lyrics & History     


How Great Thou Art    

Piano by John Troutman





Who Wrote "How Great Thou Art"?
Answer: Carl G. Boberg and R.J. Hughes

Verse 1
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.

     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!

Verse 2
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.

     (Chorus )

Verse 3.
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!"




 How Great Thou Art - Hymn History

 Although this beautiful hymn is often associated with the crusades of Billy Graham, it originated
 in nineteenth-century
Europe. In 1886, Swedish pastor Carl Boberg was caught in a sudden
 thunderstorm while visiting a beautiful country estate. As the storm passed, giving way to the sweet
 sunlight, Boberg composed the nine original stanzas of this hymn.

 In time the hymn was translated into German and Russian. It was noticed by a British missionary who
 was serving  in the
Ukraine. That missionary, Stuart K. Hine, often sang the song with his wife as
 they ministered there. Later they translated three stanzas into English from the Russian and Hine
 himself added a fourth... and the rest is Christian Music History...