Scripture Verse

You have received the Spirit of adoption. Romans 8:15


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Songs of the Cen­tu­ry, ed­it­ed by George El­der­kin, John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: George D. El­der­kin, 1900), num­ber 11.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


O what a bless­ing,
How can I ex­press it?
Out of the full­ness
Of rap­ture I sing,
Now by the Fa­ther
Received and adopt­ed,
I am a child and
An heir of a king.


I am adopt­ed,
O won­der­ful love,
Heir to a he­ri­tage
Purchased above;
Tell it, my soul,
And joy­ful­ly sing,
I am a child and
An heir of a king.

O what a Fa­ther,
How ten­der­ly gra­cious,
O what a Sav­ior
To make me His care;
Tho’ I have slight­ed,
Rejected, and grieved Him,
Still He per­mits me
His king­dom to share.


O the un­search­able
Riches He giv­eth,
Riches in­creas­ing
From day un­to day;
Treasures in val­ue
All oth­ers ex­cell­ing,
Treasures that ne­ver
Will rust nor de­cay.


When I have fin­ished
The work He ap­points me,
When I have end­ed
My jour­ney be­low,
Then to my Fa­ther
And Je­sus my Sav­ior,
Home to a beau­ti­ful
Palace I go.