1 Behold, by sov'reign grace alone
Hath God the Father from His throne
Ordained our full salvation.
Unto the utmost ends of earth
The Sun of Mercy sendeth forth
His light to ev'ry nation.
The way of life is open, free,
O mortal man, to thee, to thee.
2 Thro' love alone His Son was sent
To bear the law's dread punishment
For all our dire transgression.
Our sins He bore, our guilt He owned,
For all our deeds His death atoned--
O bountiful possession!
His righteousness is full and free,
O sinful man, to thee, to thee.
3 For this o'erwhelming sacrifice
The Lord will nevermore despise
A contrite heart and spirit.
By Jesus' death, by Jesus' blood,
Full pleasing in the sight of God,
His mercy we inherit.
The fount of grace flows full and free,
O pardoned soul, for thee, for thee.
4 By faith alone, for Jesus' sake,
Each ransomed sinner may partake
Of His abounding merit.
If in His promise ye abide,
By faith shall ye be justified,
And blest with His free Spirit.
His righteousness the just shall own
By faith alone, by faith alone.
Ernst W. Olson (b. Skane, Sweden, 1870; d. Chicago, IL, 1958) prepared the English translation for the 1925 Hymnal of the Lutheran Augustana Synod. As editor, writer, poet, and translator, Olson made a valuable contribution to Swedish-American culture and to church music. His family immigrated to Nebraska when he was five years old, but he spent much of his life in the Chicago area. Educated at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, he was editor of several Swedish-American newspapers and spent most of his professional career as an editor for the Augustana Book Concern (1911-1949). Olson wrote History of the Swedes in Illinois (1908). He also contributed four original hymns and twenty-eight translations to The Hymnal (1925) of the Evang… Go to person page >
Display Title: Behold, by Sovereign Grace AloneFirst Line: Behold, by sov'reign grace aloneTune Title: WACH AUF, MEIN GEIST! ERHEBE DICHAuthor: Ernest William OlsonMeter: 8 8 7, 8 8 7, 8 8.Date: 1926Subject: Way of Salvation | Faith and Justification; First Sunday after Easter |