Wondrous things of thee are spoken
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken by Terry Osman
"Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken"
Glorious things of thee are spoken
With salvation's walls surrounded, thou may'st smile at all thy foes. Grace, which like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. XXXIV Alleluia: a hymnal for use in schools, in the home, in young people's societies in devotional meetings Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship American Lutheran Hymnal 85 Baptist Hymn Book a Baptist Hymnal Baptist Hymnal 55 Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of , arranged with appropriate tunes
With salvation's walls surrounded, Thou mayst smile at all thy foes. See the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal love. Well supplies Thy sons and daughters, And all fears of want removes. Who can faint while such a river Ever flows their thirst to quench? Grace which like the Lord, the giver, Never fails from age to age.
The hymn was written by Newton after he had asked for assistance from his friend and neighbour, classical writer William Cowper , while he was the Church of England parish priest of Olney Church. The hymn was a favourite of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. He is noted to have once awakened his soldiers in while they were in the Shenandoah Valley by singing "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" out of tune. Because of the practice of singing the hymn to a tune used for other purposes it has sometimes elicited unusual reactions. During the Second World War in an Oflag prisoner of war camp, a Protestant service was interrupted during the singing of "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" by the camp guards singing Sei gesegnet ohne Ende , because the hymn was set to the same tune. For some people, using this particular tune for the hymn often named in various hymnals as "Austria" is often controversial as, despite the fact that it dates back to the 18th century, it raises reminders of Nazi Germany.