Please give today to support during one of only two fund drives we run each year. Each month, Hymnary serves more than 1 million users from around the globe, thanks to the generous support of people like you, and we are so grateful. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made securely online using this link.

Alternatively, you may write a check to CCEL and mail it to:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Great Is My Need

Great is my need of Thee

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [Great is my need of Thee]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Great is my need of Thee,
Father divine,
Longs all my soul to be a child of Thine.
Within Thy arms of grace
Let me now find a place,
Safe in Thy fond embrace,
Thy will be mine.

2 Great is my need of Thee,
Deep as my sin
Thy blood of Calvary makes pure within;
From pierced hands and side
Streams forth the cleansing tide,
In me Thou crucified
Thy work begin.

3 Great is my need of Thee,
Thou know’st it all,
My want and poverty, my faith so small;
her I the world forsake,
This choice I freely make,
Tho’ earth-ties all should break
Thou art my all.

4 Great is my need of Thee,
Thy grace alone
Saveth eternally, Thy pow’r I own,
Thy love the gulf hath spann’d,
Faith takes Thy outstretch’d hand,
Safe to the better land
Lead Thou me on.

Source: Inspiring Gospel Solos and Duets No. 1 #12

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Great is my need of Thee
Title: Great Is My Need
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Language: English
Publication Date: 1906
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
Page Scan

Hymns of His Grace #63

TextAudioPage Scan

Inspiring Gospel Solos and Duets No. 1 #12

Page Scan

Songs of Redemption and Praise. Rev. #S13

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us