How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art 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.

Chorus:
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! 


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.

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! 

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

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! 

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!”

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!

Songwriter: Stuart K. Hine

Publisher: Manna Music

Origin of How Great Thou Art

Stuart K. Hine, a British Methodist missionary who was on a mission trip in Ukraine in 1931, heard the Russian translation of a German song inspired by Carl Boberg’s poem “O Store Gud” (O Great God). Stuart K. Hine began translating the song to English and was inspired to add a few verses.

Hine added the third verse, which was inspired by the conversion of villagers in Russia who cried out to God in repentance and discovered God’s mercy:

“And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.” 

The forth verse of How Great Thou Art was inspired by displaced Russians who experienced the loss of loved ones and looked forward to seeing them again in heaven:

“When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation to take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.”

The common English version of How Great Thou Art was published in 1949 and swiftly spread throughout Britain, India, Arica and the Americas. 

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