Scripture Verse

Christ Jesus…gave Himself as a ransom for all men. 1 Timothy 2:6


Julia H. Johnston (1849–1919)

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, 1916. Ap­peared in Awak­en­ing Songs, ed­it­ed by Ho­m­er A. Ro­de­heav­er (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ro­de­heav­er, 1917), num­ber 98.

Music: J. W. Hen­der­son (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Henderson’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of John­ston,


There’s a sweet and bless­èd sto­ry
Of the Christ who came from glo­ry
Just to res­cue me from sin and mis­ery.
He in lov­ing­kind­ness sought me,
And from sin and shame hath brought me.
Hallelujah! Je­sus ran­somed me.


Hallelujah, what a Sav­ior,
Who can take a poor lost sin­ner,
Lift him from the mi­ry clay and set him free!
I will ev­er tell the sto­ry,
Shouting, Glo­ry, glo­ry, glo­ry!
Hallelujah! Je­sus ran­somed me.

From the depth of sin and sad­ness
To the heights of joy and glad­ness
Jesus lift­ed me, in mer­cy full and free.
With His pre­cious blood He bought me;
When I knew Him not, He sought me,
And in love di­vine He ran­somed me.


From the throne of heav’n­ly glo­ry,
O the sweet and bless­èd sto­ry,
Jesus came to lift the lost in sin and woe
Into li­ber­ty all glo­ri­ous,
Trophies of His grace vic­to­ri­ous,
Evermore re­joic­ing here be­low.


By and by with joy in­creas­ing,
And with gra­ti­tude un­ceas­ing,
Lifted up with Christ for­ev­er­more to be,
I will join the hosts there sing­ing,
In the an­them ever ring­ing,
To the King of Love, who ran­somed me.