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Order of St. Augustine.

Archdiocese of Birmingham

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Each week we aim to highlight a Special Feature that

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“How Great Thou Art" is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859-1940) in Sweden in 1885. The melody is a Swedish folk song. It was translated into English by British missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses of his own composition.


The inspiration for the poem came when Boberg was walking home from church near Kronobäck, Sweden, and listening to church bells. A sudden awe-inspiring storm gripped Bobergs attention, and then just as suddenly as it had made its violent entrance, it subsided to a peaceful calm which Boberg observed over Mönsterås Bay. According to J. Irving Erickson: Carl Boberg and some friends were returning home to Mönsterås from Kronobäck, where they had participated in an afternoon service. Nature was at its peak that radiant afternoon. Presently a thundercloud appeared on the horizon, and soon sharp lightning flashed across the sky. Strong winds swept over the meadows and billowing fields of grain. The thunder pealed in loud claps. Then rain came in cool fresh showers. In a little while the storm was over, and a rainbow appeared. When Boberg arrived home, he opened the window and saw the bay of Mönsterås like a mirror before him From the woods on the other side of the bay, he heard the song of a thrush.  The church bells were tolling in the quiet evening.


It was this series of sights, sounds, and experiences that inspired the writing of the song. The poem is a paraphrase of Psalm 8.


Stuart K. Hines was a British Methodist minister who was born in London, England in 1899. In 1931, he heard the Russian translation of the song and began using it in his evangelistic services. Eventually, he began re-writing the song and added his own verses. The most widely known verses are these:


O Lord my God!

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works

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!

“How Great Thou Art” - an amazing hymn.

I make no apologies for featuring this hymn this week. It is one of my own favourites and I found it quite by chance on YouTube!! It is such a powerful and moving hymn, so inspiring and meaningful. The writer of this hymn must surely have been so inspired by the Holy Spirit so as to write such a poignant song and music to match! The graphics in this version are wonderful too.

See below to find out how this hymn was inspired and written....

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See below to find out how this hymn was inspired and written....