Behold, by sovereign grace alone

Behold, by sovereign grace alone

Author: Ernest W. Olson
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

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.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #444

Author: Ernest W. Olson

Ernst Olson was born on March 16, 1870 in Sk√•ne, 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. NN, from Cyber Hymnal Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold, by sovereign grace alone
Author: Ernest W. Olson



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Hymns for Divine Worship in Churches and Sunday Schools and at Various Occasions #d9

TextPage Scan

The Hymnal and Order of Service #444


The Hymnal and Order of Service #444

The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d49

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us