Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bringTo Him Who gave Thee power to sing;Praise Him Who is all praise above,The source of wisdom and of love.
How vast His knowledge, how profound!A deep where all our thoughts are drowned;The stars He numbers, and their namesHe gives to all those heavenly flames.
Through each bright world above, beholdTen thousand thousand charms unfold;Earth, air, and mighty seas combineTo speak His wisdom all divine.
But in redemption, O what grace!Its wonders, O what thought can trace!Here, wisdom shines forever bright;Praise Him, my soul, with sweet delight.
Jesus, the Truth and Power divine,Send forth these messengers of Thine;Their hands confirm, their hearts inspire,And touch their lips with hallowed fire.
Be Thou their mouth and wisdom, Lord;Thou, by the hammer of Thy Word,The rocky hearts in pieces break,And bid the sons of thunder speak.
To those who would their Lord embrace,Give them to preach the word of grace;Sweetly their yielding bosoms move,And melt them with the fire of love.
Let all with thankful hearts confessThy welcome messengers of peace;Thy power in their report be found,And let Thy feet behind them sound.
Lord, speak to me that I may speakIn living echoes of Thy tone;As Thou has sought, so let me seekThine erring children lost and lone.
O lead me, Lord, that I may leadThe wandering and the wavering feet;O feed me, Lord, that I may feedThy hungering ones with manna sweet.
O strengthen me, that while I standFirm on the rock, and strong in Thee,I may stretch out a loving handTo wrestlers with the troubled sea.
O teach me, Lord, that I may teachThe precious things Thou dost impart;And wing my words, that they may reachThe hidden depths of many a heart.
O give Thine own sweet rest to me,That I may speak with soothing powerA word in season, as from Thee,To weary ones in needful hour.
O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,Until my very heart overflowIn kindling thought and glowing word,Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.
O use me, Lord, use even me,Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,Until Thy blessèd face I see,Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.