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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11



O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

In Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heaven.

On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And filled it with repose.

Sudden expired the legal strife,
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, real, living life
I then began to live.

Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!

I found and owned His promise true,
Ascertained of my part,
My pardon passed in heaven I knew
When written on my heart.

Look unto Him, ye nations, own
Your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
Be justified by grace.

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.

Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Æthiop white.

Harlots and publicans and thieves
In holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

Murderers and all ye hellish crew
In holy triumph join!
Believe the Savior died for you;
For me the Savior died.

With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/8/9 22:09Profile

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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11


Wesley wrote this hymn to com mem o rate the first an ni ver sa ry of his con ver sion to Christ. This or i gin is re flect ed in the lyr ics, “On this glad day the glor i ous Sun of Right eous ness arose.” The stanza that be gins “O for a thou sand tongues to sing” is verse seven of Wes ley’s orig in al po em. This work first ap peared in Hymns and Sac red Po ems in 1740.

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SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/8/9 22:09Profile

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Posts: 957
Cleveland, Georgia


Cyberhymnal is great. That hymn is great, too.

I highly recommend reading up on all the old hymnwriters if you haven't. Their stories will break your heart, but fill you with joy as well when you read of their conversions.

I had wrongly assumed that all these writers were highly educated, snooty, lifetime church-goers. Man was I wrong. Check out Crosby, Cowper, and others. You won't regret it.

Hal Bachman

 2005/8/10 0:50Profile

 Re: Such a blessing....

....thank you for posting it.

In Him,


 2005/8/10 7:42


Indeed. This hymn helped to bring me through to the Lord. I sang bits of it many many times to myself (and the Lord, of course).

The tune in cyberhymnal that lifts it, is Lyngham, but you need to repeat line 2 and, remebering the basses lead in before the ladies, sing the last line three times. It's a joy!

It also goes to the same tune as 'There is a Name I love to hear', when if one person starts with any verse at all, it can carry right through in almost any order, with differnt people starting the verse the Lord has put on their heart.

 2005/8/10 9:35

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