Could I Speak the Matchless Worth
Samuel Medley became a midshipman in 1755, during the Seven
Years’ War. In 1759 he
was severely wounded in a battle with the French off Port Lagos.
Medley had been brought up to have a high regard for religion,
but in the navy he had become dissipated.
As he lay there wounded and expecting that amputation of a limb
would be necessary, he spent nearly an entire night in prayers of
penitence. In the morning the surgeon, surprised at his improved
condition, told him that the limb could be saved.
In 1767, Medley became pastor of a Baptist church. For
twenty-seven years he was pastor of a large church in Liverpool, where
he was especially successful in
reaching sailors, since he never forgot that he had been a sailor
himself, He filled his sermons with expressions that reached the men of
Medley wrote many hymns, most of which were printed on
broadsides, or loose sheets of paper, and several volumes of his hymns
appeared. Among the most
famous is this hymn, “Oh, could I speak the matchless worth.”
—Adapted from Amos R. Wells
O Could I Speak
the Matchless Worth 
O could I speak the matchless worth,
could I sound the glories forth,
in my Savior shine!
soar and touch the heav’nly string,
vie with Gabriel while he sings
notes almost divine,
notes almost divine.
I’d sing the precious blood He spilt,
ransom from the dreadful guilt
sin and wrath divine!
sing His glorious righteousness,
which all perfect heav’nly dress
soul shall ever shine,
soul shall ever shine.
I’d sing the character He bears,
all the forms of love He wears,
on His throne;
loftiest songs of sweetest praise,
would to everlasting days
all His glories known,
all His glories known.
Well, the delightful day will come,
my dear Lord will bring me home,
I shall see His face!
with my Savior, Brother, Friend,
blest eternity I’ll spend,
in His grace,
in His grace.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.