We love Him, because He first loved us.@1 John 4:19

George O. March, in The Re­vi­val No. 6, by Charles D. Till­man (At­lan­ta, Geor­gia: Char­lie Till­man, 1910), num­ber 7.

Old Black Joe Ste­phen C. Fo­ster, 1860 (some sourc­es say 1853) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Stephen C. Foster (1826–1864)

Gone are the days
When my heart was filled with sin;
Gone are the fears
That prevented peace within;
Gone are earth’s woes,
From their blight I am set free;
Since Christ in love and mercy
Freely pardoned me.

Refrain

I love Him! I love Him!
Because He first loved me!
And purchased my salvation
On Mount Calvary.

Once I was bound,
But now I am set free;
Once I was blind,
But now by faith I see;
Once I was dead,
But now in Christ I live;
And tell the world of pardon
He doth freely give.

Refrain

Why should I weep,
When my heart can feel no pain?
Why should I sigh,
When death in Christ is gain?
Victor o’er sin,
Thro’ Him who once was slain,
I’ll shout eternal praises,
Glory to His name!

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