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Hope from the Gospel Only

God's holy law transgressed

Author: Benjamin Beddome (1818)
Published in 84 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 God's holy law, transgressed,
Speaks nothing but despair;
Burdened with guilt, with grief oppressed,
We find no comfort there.

2 Not all our groans and tears,
Nor works which we have done,
Nor vows, nor promises, nor prayers,
Can e'er for sin atone.

3 Relief alone is found
In Jesus' precious blood;
'Tis this that heals the mortal wound,
And reconciles to God.

4 High lifted on the cross,
The spotless Victim dies;
This is salvation's only source,
Whence all our hopes arise.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #381

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God's holy law transgressed
Title: Hope from the Gospel Only
Author: Benjamin Beddome (1818)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


God's holy law transgressed. B. Beddome. [Hope in the Gospel.] Appeared in R. Hall's edition of Beddome's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 362, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, “Hope alone from the Gospel." Its use in Great Britain is limited, but in America it is extensive; but in most cases either abbreviated or altered. Original text in the Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1878, No. 314, with "Convinced of guilt," &c, for "Burdened with guilt," &c, in stanza i. line 3.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #11091
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