Ephesians 2:4 (ESV)
I recently purchased a new hymnal. I say new, but really it is very old! So, new to me, but certainly not new to the Church. This hymnal was the hymnal of the great Charles H. Spurgeon. “Our Own Hymn Book” came together due to confusion over the use of two hymnals in the Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon’s church). One hymnal was compiled by John Rippon and the other by Isaac Watts. The confusion seemed to be over which hymnal to use when or perhaps which hymnal was better. So, to end the confusion, Spurgeon compiled a massive hymnal for his church to use in worship. His efforts resulted in a hymnal that contained 1,060 hymn lyrics (no music).
Many of these hymns are not sung today, although Indelible Grace and a few other Christian Worship groups have begun to put some of these fine old hymns to modern music! There are a few recognizable hymns in Spurgeon’s hymnal, but for the most part they are not used/not known in the Church today.
Today, I want to share a hymn I discovered while skimming the pages of this massive volume. As I said before, none of these hymns have any musical scores to them. The familiar hymns that can be found in “Our Own Hymn Book” obviously have tunes to them in our modern hymnals, but not the hymn I wish to share.
I actually put the words of the hymn I found to a familiar hymn. The title of the hymn I found in Spurgeon’s hymnal is All Due to Grace and I put the lyrics to the tune of There Is a Fountain. All Due to Grace was written by Horatius Bonar in 1856. He wrote many hymns including Not What These Hands Have Done. There Is a Fountain was composed and written by William Cowper, another famous hymnist, and is the author of many hymns in Spurgeon’s hymn book!
I hope you enjoy the unfamiliar, yet magnificent, lyrics put to this very familiar, yet also magnificent, tune!
And in case you need a reminder of the tune to There Is a Fountain so that you can sing the lyrics above….
Also, here are the lyrics to All Due to Grace without music!
235 All due to Grace.
1 ALL that I was, my sin, my guilt,
My death, was all mine own;
All that I am, I owe to Thee,
My gracious God, alone.
2 The evil of my former state
Was mine, and only mine;
The good in which I now rejoice
Is Thine, and only Thine.
3 The darkness of my former state,
The bondage—all was mine;
The light of life in which I walk,
The liberty—is Thine.
4 Thy grace that made me feel my sin
It taught me to believe;
Then, in believing, peace I found,
And now I live, I live.
5 All that I am, e’en here on earth,
All that I hope to be,
When Jesus comes and glory dawns,
I owe it, Lord, to Thee.
Horatius Bonar, 1856.
Spurgeon, C. H. (1883). Our Own Hymn Book: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship. London: Passmore & Alabaster.