Scripture Verse

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 62. Love and pow­er of Christ.

Music: Saw­ley James Walch, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Walch (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


The whole cre­ation was un­done,
The world in ru­ins lay,
When God sent forth His on­ly Son
To suf­fer and ob­ey.

Jesus, with pity moved, for­sakes
The glo­ries of His throne,
Redeems the souls He loved, and makes
His Fa­ther’s coun­sels known.

The death He died, but quick­ly rose
Majestic from the grave;
And now He tri­umphs o’er His foes,
With so­ve­reign pow­er to save.

Freely He gives His pro­mised grace,
To make our na­ture clean;
And clothes us with His right­eous­ness,
Till not a spot is seen.

His migh­ty arm shall be our trust,
His hand our wants sup­ply;
He’ll ani­mate our sleep­ing dust,
And raise it up on high.

Thy prais­es, oh Im­ma­nu­el,
Our lips shall spread abroad;
And in har­mo­nious ac­cents tell
The won­ders of our God.