Chief of Sinners Though I Be

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1 Chief of sinners though I be,
Jesus shed His blood for me;
Died that I might live on high,
Lived that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine,
I am His and He is mine.

2 Oh, the height of Jesus' love,
Higher than the heav'ns above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting as eternity!
Love that found me--wondrous thought!
Found me when I sought Him not.

3 Only Jesus can impart
Balm to heal the wounded heart,
Peace that flows from sin forgiv'n,
Joy that lifts the soul to heav'n;
Faith and hope to walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.

4 Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all in all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
He sustains the hidden life
Safe with Him from earthly strife.

5 O my Savior, help afford
By Your Spirit and Your Word!
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.

Source: Lutheran Service Book #611

Author: William McComb

McComb, William, author of "Chief of sinners though I be" (Christ All and All), was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Ireland, in 1793, and was for several years a bookseller in Belfast. He published The Dirge of O'Neill, 1816; The School of the Sabbath, 1822; and The Voice of a Year, 1848. These together with smaller pieces were collected and pub. as The Poetical Works of William M'Comb, 1864. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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REDHEAD 76 is named for its composer, who published it as number 76 in his influential <em>Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern</em> (1853) as a setting for the hymn text "Rock of Ages." It has been associated with Psalm 51 since the 1912 <em>Psalter</em>, where th…

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #385Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #429TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #609TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #611Text
Lutheran Worship #285TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #295
The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #175
The Cyber Hymnal #803TextScoreAudio
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