O Lord, I sing Thy praises
O Lord, I sing Thy praises. Peter Grant* (1783-1867), translated by Lachlan Macbean* (1853-1931).
This is a rare example of a Gaelic hymn in a mainstream hymnbook. It was included in RCH (1927), set to a Gaelic melody given the name KILLIN, sung in unison but harmonized by a Glasgow musician,Thomas Cuthbertson Leithead Pritchard (1885-1960). It had three 8-line stanzas. There are echoes of the psalms, especially of Psalm 23 in stanza 3, and of Horatius Bonar*’s ‘Jesus, sun and shield art thou’* in stanza 2:
O Lord, I sing Thy praises Who art my strength and stay, My leader through life’s mazes, To bring me to Thy way; Thou didst not leave me straying When I afar would go, With...
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