Scripture Verse

The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Wells of Sal­va­tion, by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1881), page 51.

Music: Saint-Ma­lo John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Oh, beau­ti­ful sto­ry of Je­sus our Lord,
That bright­ens and hal­lows each page of His Word,
It tells us how hum­ble and low­ly His birth,
How many His tri­als and sor­rows on earth.


Sweet sto­ry of Je­sus, the ten­der and meek,
Who came in His mer­cy lost sin­ners to seek,
Sweet story of Je­sus! though oft it is told,
We love it, we love it—it ne­ver grows old.

How full of com­pas­sion was Je­sus our Lord,
The sick and af­flict­ed to health He re­stored,
The poor He re­mem­bered, the hung­ry He fed,
And gave to the weep­ing their friends from the dead.


But when in that sto­ry we read how He prayed
Alone in the gar­den, be­neath its dark shade,
How, scorned and in­sult­ed, He died for our sake,
Our hearts at his ang­uish are rea­dy to break.


But now He has tri­umphed o’er death and the grave,
He lives our Re­deem­er, and migh­ty to save;
To Him who ex­alt­ed for­ev­er shall live,
All hon­or, do­min­ion, and glo­ry we give.