This hymn has become one of my favorites. It is written to the words of the Magnificat (Song of Mary), from Luke 1:46-56 (click here to read). Mary speaks these words to her sister Elizabeth (who was pregnant with John the Baptist) in response to the angel Gabriel announcing that she will give birth to the Son of God.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy Name–the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children’s children and for evermore!
–Sung by The Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Barry Rose & John Scott, from the album Favourite Hymns for All Seasons.
Words: Song of Mary (Magnificat) (Luke 1:46-56); written by Timothy Dudley-Smith