Tell Out my Soul

Tell out my soul superimposed over a stained glass window depicting various scenes from Marys life - 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. 2 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 to same; His holy Name--the Lord, the Mighty One. 3 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 4 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!
This hymn of praise was written by English hymn-writer and at-the-time Church of England priest (later bishop) Timothy Dudley-Smith (b 1926).

 It was written in 1961, and is a paraphrase of the Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) from the New English Bible,

With meter 10.10.10.10, tunes it has been set set to include:
  • TIDINGS by William Llewellyn - the tune which the hymn was originally published with
  • WOODLANDS composed by English composer Walter Greatorex (1877-1949) in 1916 - by far the most-commonly used tune
  • GO FORTH by Michael Baughen (b 1930 - in it's 2nd publication
  • BIRMINGHAM by Francis Cunningham from Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music II 1813;
  • MORESTEAD by Sidney Watson (1964)
  • WINTON by George Dyson, (1883-1964)
  • An unnamed setting by Irish composer Ephram Feeley (ref)
It has been widely published, and is included in many in-print hymnbooks. 

Today, it is often regarded as an old traditional hymn, despite being written in the early 1960's..   This wasn't always the case:  it was included in the 1981 publication Songs of the Spirit II - More Songs and Hymns of the Renewal and this suggests that the hymn was used in a wide variety of settings and regarded as new / different a that time.



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Examples

All are to the tune WOODFORD, unless noted otherwise.

Large choir with organ, cathedral setting:



Large choir with band - for a TV performance:



Singer with keyboard / backing - contemporary style:



Choir with organ, tune BIRMINGHAM



Singer self-accompanied on guitar, rock beat:



Organ, orchestra, choir and congregation - professional recording:



Instrumental - guitar:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord ...

2  Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name ...

3  Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might ...

4  Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word ...

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