Scripture Verse

The Son of Man came…to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45


Words: Em­man­u­el Rolfe, in The Mu­sic­al Sal­va­tion­ist, 1894. Rolfe wrote this song while work­ing for the Sal­va­tion Ar­my in Ja­mai­ca.

Music: Won­der­ful Love (Bain­bridge) Tho­mas Bain­bridge (?–1932) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bain­bridge (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one or Rolfe,

Emmanuel Rolfe


Jesus came down my ransom to be;
O it was wonderful love!
For out of the Father’s heart He came,
To die me for me on a cross of shame,
And from sin’s bondage to reclaim;
O it was wonderful love!


Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful love,
Coming to me from Heaven above,
Filling me, thrilling me through and through;
O it was wonderful love!

Clear to faith’s vision the cross reveals
Beautiful actions of love;
And all that by grace e’en I may be
When saved, to serve Him eternally.
He came, He died, for you and me;
O it was wonderful love!


His death’s a claim, His love has a plea;
O it is wonderful love!
Ungrateful was I to slight Thy call,
But, Lord, now I come, before Thee fall,
I give myself, I give up all,
All for Thy wonderful love.