Scripture Verse

Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul. Psalm 66:16

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 54. Hear what He has done for my soul!

Music: St. George’s Wind­sor George J. El­vey, 1858 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George J. Elvey
1816–1893
National Portrait Gallery

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Lyrics

Saved by blood I live to tell,
What the love of Christ hath done;
He redeemed my soul from hell,
Of a rebel made a son:
Oh I tremble still, to think
How secure I lived in sin;
Sporting on destruction’s brink,
Yet preserved from falling in.

In His own appointed hour,
To my heart the Sav­ior spoke,
Touched me by His Spi­rit’s power,
And my dangerous slumber broke.
Then I saw and owned my guilt,
Soon my gracious Lord replied;
Fear not, I My blood have spilt,
’Twas for such as thee I died.

Shame and wonder, joy and love,
All at once possessed my heart;
Can I hope Thy grace to prove,
After acting such a part?
Thou hast greatly sinned, He said,
But I freely all forgive;
I Myself thy debt have paid,
Now I bid thee rise and live.

Come, my fellow sinners, try,
Jesus’ heart is full of love;
Oh that you, as well as I,
May His wondrous mercy prove!
He has sent me to declare,
All is rea­dy, all is free;
Why should any soul despair,
When He saved a wretch like me?