Sov'reign grace o'er sin abounding

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Sov'reign grace o'er sin abounding,
  Ransomed souls, the tidings swell;
'Tis a deep that knows no sounding,
  Who its breadth or length can tell?
On its glories, on its glories,
  Let my soul forever dwell!
On its glories, on its glories,
  Let my soul forever dwell!
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What from Christ the soul can sever,
  Bound by everlasting bands?
Once in Him, in Him forever,
  Thus th' eternal cov'nant stands.
None shall pluck thee, none shall pluck thee
  From the Savior's mighty hands!
None shall pluck thee, none shall pluck thee
  From the Savior's mighty hands!
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Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Jesus,
  Long ere time its race begun;
To His name eternal praises,
  O what wonders love has done!
One with Jesus, one with Jesus,
  By eternal union one.
One with Jesus, one with Jesus,
  By eternal union one.
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On such love, my soul, still ponder,
  Love, so great, so rich, so free;
Say, while lost in holy wonder,
  Why, O Lord, such love to me?
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
  Grace shall reign eternally!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
  Grace shall reign eternally!
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Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

John Kent was born at Bideford , Devonshire, England in December 1766. He was the son of a shipwright in Plymouth Dock, now Devonport, and had very little opportunity of getting an education. At 14 years old he became an apprentice to his father but in his spare time he worked on improving his knowledge and ability. There is no knowledge of how he was saved but soon after he became interested in writing verses of a spiritual nature.

In 1803 some of these verses were published in a small volume titled “A Collection of Original Gospel Hymns”. John was said to be a modest and genuine Christian in his life. After many years he suffered the loss of his eyesight. He accepted his condition with great patience and at the time of his death he passed away peacefully and with unwavering faith in the Lord on November 15, 1943. His last words were, ”I’m accepted! ”

He wrote the first stanza of this hymn in 1827.

“Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding,

Ransomed souls the tiding swell !

‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding;

Who its length or breath can tell? ”

The rest of the hymn was written by George Horne who died in 1792.


Mark John

Philippines

This song keeps me burning. How graceful is our Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus, I love You.