All that I Was

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1 All that I was, my sin, my guilt,
My death, was all my 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 Word first 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.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #451

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All that I was, my sin, my guilt
Title: All that I Was
Author: Horatius Bonar (1808-1889, alt.)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


All that I was, my sin, my guilt. H. Bonar. [Pardon through Grace.] First published in the Bible Hymn Book, of which Dr. Bonar was editor, 1845, No. 219, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines and based upon 1 Cor. xv. 10, "By the grace of God I am what I am." It was repeated in subsequent editions of the Bible Hymn Book, and again in the author's Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1st series, 1857, and later editions, with the title "Mine and Thine." Its use, both in Great Britain and America, is somewhat extensive, and usually the text is unaltered, as in Stevenson's Hymns for Church and Home, 1873. The line, stanza 4, 1. 2, "Bade me in Christ believe," in Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880, and the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, is from the former collection. The doxology as in Kennedy, 1863, is not in the original.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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NAOMI (Nägeli)

NAOMI was a melody that Lowell Mason (PHH 96) brought to the United States from Europe and arranged as a hymn tune; the arrangement was first published in the periodical Occasional Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1836). Some scholars have attributed the original melody to Johann G. Nageli (PHH 315), but there…

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