"When I, in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made..."

The classic hymn "How Great Thou Art" is one of our favorite songs to sing at St. Aedan's. Here it is, now on video, for everyone to sing and pray along to any time.


"How Great Thou Art" is based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Boberg (1859–1940) in Sweden, in 1885. It was translated into German and then into Russian, and into English from the Russian by the English missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses of his own.


The inspiration for the poem came when Boberg was walking home from church near Kronobäck, Sweden, and listening to church bells. A sudden storm got Boberg’s attention, and then just as suddenly as it had made its appearance, it subsided to a peaceful calm. 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. Presently a thundercloud appeared on the horizon, and soon 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.

Edited from Wikipedia.

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