Saturday, August 1, 2009

TSMSS - At Calvary

We're on vacation this week, so I won't be able to pop in on most of you, but I couldn't bear to miss my favorite meme! Here's another one of my favorite old hymns from childhood!

William R. Newell was a noted evangelist, Bible teacher, and later assistant superintendent at the Moody Bible Institute. One day on his way to teach a class, he was meditating about Christ's suffering at Calvary and all that meant to him as a lost sinner. These thoughts so impressed themselves on his mind that he stepped into an empty classroom and quickly scribbled down the lines of this hymn on the back of an envelope. A few minutes later he met his friend and colleague, Daniel B. Townder, music director at the institute, and showed him the text he had just written, suggesting that Towner try composing music for it. An hour later as Newell returned from class, Dr. Towner presented him with the melody and they sang their completed hymn together.

SOURCE: Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions by Kenneth W. Osbeck, Kregel Publications, 2002.


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!

WORDS: William R. Newell, 1895
MUSICK: Daniel B. Towner, 1895

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seesawfaith said...

you know how much I love Fee and Leeland and Francesca, but man...there is something so pure and sweet about the traditional hymns sung with nothing but the beauty of the voices of the saints.

Great post. you took me back to my childhood again.

Jennie said...

I love my grandma singing traditional hymns for me when I'm still young..The message is very inspiring...

Then sings my soul-Who am I?

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh how I wish we could have a nice blend of contemporary and the old hymns. I miss them too. I miss the worship from my childhood too. This was a beautiful video. The church was so pretty.
Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Beautiful song...I didn't know the story behind it so that makes it even more special....

Cathy said...

So beautiful, Linda, and I loved the story. Thanks for sharing while on vacation.