I hear the Savior say

I hear the Savior say,
"Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all."
  Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
  He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow'r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper's spots,
And melt the heart of stone.
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim—
I'll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb.
And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
"Jesus died my soul to save,"
My lips shall still repeat.
Steve Miller

Detroit, MIchigan, United States

Elvina Hall was a member of the choir of the Monument Street Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She wrote this hymn on fly leaf (blank 1st page) of a hymnal while Pastor George Shrick was speaking about how we can really know God's love and forgiveness.Following the service, she approached her pastor timidly with the hymnal in hand. She said, These words came to me and I just had to write them down on paper. When the pastor read Elvina's poem it reminded him that the church organist, John Grape, had given him a copy of a new tune that he had recently composed.The tune tune fit the poem, but needed a refrain, which Elvina and the pastor wrote together on the spot.

John Grape, composer of the tune, was a successful coal merchant in Baltimore, who, as he once stated, "dabbled in music for my own amusement." For many years he was an active layman in the Monument Street Church, working in the Sunday school as well as serving as the organist and choir director. - extracted from '52 Hymn Stories Dramatized' by Kenneth W. Osbeck

a brother in Christ

United States

Jesus paid it all! Praise the Lord!

JayEm Mouliom

Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia

I cherish this song in all its versions. In fact, when I sing it I can see the suffering but truly merciful face of our Lord. I feel so guilty...

Therese Lewis

Tennessee, Livingston, United States

I love this song; very touching, it melts my heart. One of my favorite hymns. I feel blessed when I sing it or hear it.

Vivian Moore

Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States

This is my daughter, Haley's favorite hymn.

Mr Wayne Harropson

Fountain Valley, CA, United States

It is missing a couple of verses.

And now complete in Him

My robe His righteousness,

Close sheltered 'neath His side,

I am divinely blest.

When from my dying bed

My ransomed soul shall rise,

"Jesus died my soul to save,"

Shall rend the vaulted skies.

Vicki Harley holland

Beverly Hills, Florida, United States

Quite miraculously the other day I began to sing this song although it had been 75 years since I learned it as a child! I had not sung it since then, but the other day it brought revival to my heart. It was truly inspired by the writer... I am so thankful for it! You are never too old to receive a new anointing from The Lord!

Gerald Bond

Porthcawl, Bridgend, United Kingdom

The original hymn from which the modern version has been lifted (excluding a verse or two) was written by a lady named Elvina M Hall in 1865 but sadly it seems she rarely gets accredited with the work...

Given Kabanze

Lusaka, Zambia

I love this song because it draws me closer to God. And I truly thank God for this song.

Betty Jane Bonn

Dunlap, Illinois, United States

The "Additional lyrics" under "Comments" are so beautiful. When other peoples' comments are posted, the additional lyrics will be out of sight unless one deliberately scrolls down. Would you add them to the main lyrics so everyone can see them, please? I am so blessed by this website!