At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
  On Calvary.
  Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
    At Calvary.
By God's Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
  To Calvary.
Now I've giv'n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
  Of Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
  At Calvary!
Hamidatu Abdullah

Kumasi, Ashante Region, Ghana

Great piece.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

William R. Newell was best known as a Bible teacher, commentator, pastor and professor. While on his way to a class at Moody Bible Institute one day, the words of this hymn began to form in his mind. He didn't want to forget these ideas, so he went into an unoccupied classroom and there scribbled the words on the back of an envelope. A few minutes later he gave the words to Daniel B. Towner, the director of music at the school. Within an hour Towner had composed the music for them.

Since Newell is best known for a commentary on Romans, it is no surprise that the last stanza bears a resemblance to Romans 11:33, "Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge!" - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


Lutz, Fl, United States

This song says it ALL. I love to sing it.


Abbotsford, B.C., Canada

Sung by two foreigners in a German city, after one of us came to Calvary!

Dresia Vaughn

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

We sung this song in church this past Saturday and got a standing ovation.

Ronnie Mbabaaali

Juba, South Sudan

We have a non denominational church here and it feels great to have a session of the Ancient and Modern Revised Hymns. its like being young again and feels the spirit moving. Mat His name be Glorified forever. And thanks for the tunes.

Joy Gaskell

United Kingdom

'Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan!

Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!

Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span

At Calvary!'

Truly Wonderful! These old hymns carry so much theological truth, depth and richness.

Linda C Johnson

Elgin, Ill, United States

I belong to a baptist church & have for quite some time, and this song= At Calvary, is one of the songs that is in our songbook/hymnal. I enjoy singing this old hymn because it makes me feel good.



Singing this hymn exposed me of my lack of appreciation of our Lord's death on Calvary. Hallelujah, He died for me and you in such a personal way! May our hearts be full of praise for His crucifixion. Now through this death, we are forgiven and can receive boundless stores of mercy and grace!

Mervyn Barnabas


What a beautiful song. I am moved on hearing and reading the lyrics. Praise be to God on high.