“How Great Thou Art” has been one of the most covered Christian Gospel songs. It is timeless and it genuinely pierces anyone’s heart. The melody can give us the chills and the lyrics can provide us with the feels. However, it is more appealing and striking depending on who the singer is. But, one excellent rendition and soulful cover are from Carrie Underwood. With this, listen to her performance and let your spirits be warmed.
Since its publication in 1885, it has been used again and again in many religious events. Also, various credible artists got to record their covers. To name some, they are Alan Jackson, Elvis Presley, Randy Travis, George Beverly Shea, Dolly Parton, and many more.
How Great Thou Art…
Carl Boberg was the poet behind the words of “How Great Thou Art.” He wrote the poem in Monsteras, Sweden in 1885. First, the poem was translated into German and then into Russian then developed into a hymn.
Moreover, “How Great Thou Art” was translated into English by the English Missionary Stuart K. Hine. Not only that, but he also added two original verses that he created on his own. Then, the composition was mixed with a Russian melody which was popularized by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows.
The poem turned hymn’s inspiration was from a sudden storm. One day, when Carl Boberg and his friends were walking home after an afternoon service, a thundercloud appeared, and lightning flash occurred. Also, strong winds and heavy rain poured. But in a while, the storm has passed. Carl Boberg arrived home and opened the window; he saw the calm bay of Monsteras, heard the sound of birds (thrush), and the church bells ding-donged in the evening. Those inspired him to write a poem.
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