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 Olson was born on March 16, 1870 in Skåne, Sweden. His family emigrated to America in 1875 where he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He worked for Swedish newspapers, and for a publisher in Chicago, and later became editor of the Augustana Book Concern (1911-49). He wrote four original hymns, and translated almost 30 more. In 1948, the King of Sweden made Olson a knight of the Royal Order of Vasa. He died on October 6, 1958 in Chicago.
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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 |