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 NO. 76

REDHEAD 76 is named for its composer, who published it as number 76 in his influential Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern (1853) as a setting for the hymn text "Rock of Ages." It has been associated with Psalm 51 since the 1912 Psalter, where the tune was named AJALON. The tune is also known as P…

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DIX (Kocher)

An early form of the tune DIX was composed by Conrad Kocher (b. Ditzingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, 1786; d. Stuttgart, Germany, 1872). Trained as a teacher, Kocher moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, to work as a tutor at the age of seventeen. But his love for the music of Haydn and Mozart impelled him t…

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #385

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #429

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #609

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Lutheran Service Book #611

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Lutheran Worship #285

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #295

The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #175

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The Cyber Hymnal #803

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