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O For a Thousand Tongues

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“O For a Thousand Tongues” is one of many hymns written by Charles Wesley.  He and his brother, John, became friends with a group of Moravian Christians as they returned by ship to England from the American colonies.  One of the Moravian leaders was a man named Peter Bohler — a man that the Wesleys much admired for his deep faith.  Bohler made the comment, “Oh, Brother Wesley, the Lord has done so much for my life.  Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ Jesus with every one of them.”  Those words inspired Wesley to write this hymn.

— Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan