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Complete in Christ

Had I ten thousand gifts beside

Author: Edward Godwin
Published in 35 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Had I ten thousand gifts beside,
I'd cleave to Jesus crucifi'd,
And build on him alone:
For no foundation is there giv'n
On which I'd place my hopes of heav'n,
But Christ the corner stone.

2 Possessing Christ, I all possess;
Wisdom, and strength, and righteousness,
And sanctity complete:
Bold in his name I dare draw nigh,
Before the Ruler of the sky,
And all his justice meet.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #CCIV

Author: Edward Godwin

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Text Information

First Line: Had I ten thousand gifts beside
Title: Complete in Christ
Author: Edward Godwin
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Had I ten thousand gifts beside. [Completeness in Christ.] Appeared anonymously in R. Conyers's Collection, 1774, No. 254, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines. In this form it is in use in America. In the Baptist Hymn [& Tune] Book, Phila., 1871, No. 429, a third stanza has been added from "There is no path to heavenly bliss," stanza i. of No. 202, in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787. The usual modern form of the hymn in use in Great Britain is, "All other pleas we cast aside," as in Mercer's Church Psalter & Hymn Book, 1855, No. 111 (Oxford edition 1864, No. 45). This is repeated in Kennedy with the addition of a doxology.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Had I ten thousand gifts beside, p. 476, ii. This is by Edward Godwin, a Calvinistic Methodist minister, published in his Hymns for Christian Societies, Part iii., Bristol, 1744, No. xii., entitled, "The Language of a Believer." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Baptist Hymnal #504

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