I hear the Savior say

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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.
2
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots,
And melt the heart of stone.
3
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim—
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.
4
And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,
My lips shall still repeat.
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Anonymous

One of my favorite songs


Clarice Perry

Rockwall, Texas, United States

This Resurrection Sunday in quarantine I lift my praises to my Redeemer. This song reminds me to be in awe of what HE has done, what HE is doing, and what HE will do. The best is yet to come!


Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

The original song as written by Elvina Hall had 5 stanzas. The hymnal. net version is the one used in most hymnals. The tune and the theme make it easy to add and combine stanzas. Here it is as Elvina originally wrote it:

1. I hear my Savior say,

Thy strength indeed is small,

Thou has nought thy debt to pay,

Find in me thy all in all.

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2. same as Hymnal. net stanza 3 except the first word "For" was originally "Yes,".

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3. An now complete in him,

My robe his righteousness,

Close sheltered 'neath his side,

I am divinely blest.

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4. When from my dying bed

My ransomed soul shall rise,

Then, "Jesus paid it all",

Shall rend the vaulted skies.

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5. And when before the throne

I stand in him complete,

I'll lay my trophies down,

All down at Jesus' feet.

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- Sabbath Carols 1868 on hymnary

See also Guy's comment 10/11/2009 giving additional stanzas in other versions.


Anonymous

White as snow


Fred Northrup

Crescent City, CA, United States

This is an excellent hymn which expresses faith in the finished work of Christ which has been imparted into our spirit as the Spirit and is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God ("child of weakness watch and pray") through Him! "Thy power and Thine alone can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone." Lord, grace us to know the surpassing greatness of this power, which is toward us who believe!


Geoffrey Munyae

Nairobi

I embrace the greatest advice of our Lord, " my child, thy strength is small " . He knows how much we can carry, He knows the task ahead too. Let's take the advice.


Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

Jesus paid it all!


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...