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Songs for Sunday 7 – O For A Thousand Tongues

The story behind Charles Wesley’s great hymn, a wee look at the lyrics and a great version from St Petes…

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4 comments

  1. That is a tune that I never heard before. (The tune usually used in the USA for “O For a Thousand Tongues” is called “Azmon.”) I enjoyed hearing it.

    1. It’s the normal and very popular tune for ‘Oh for a thousand tongues’ on this side of the Atlantic. The tune is called Lyngham and in some parts of the British Isles is also one of the many tunes used for ‘While shepherds watched their flocks by night’. It’s one of the greatest tunes to sing, a real classic, but it’s fairly easy to get lost in the parts section.

      Both Lyngham and Azmon are common metre, Lyngham with repeats. So a lot of hymns could be sung to either. However, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Azmon used here for anything.

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