Hail, sovereign love, that formed the plan

Hail, sovereign love, that formed the plan

Author: J. Brewer
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1. Hail, sovereign love that formed the plan
To save rebellious, ruined man!
Hail, matchless, free, eternal grace,
That gave my soul a hiding-place.

2. Against the God that rules the sky,
I fought, with weapons lifted high,
I madly ran the sinful race,
Regardless of a hiding-place.

3. Enwrapped in thick Egyptian night,
And fond of darkness more than light,
Madly I ran the sinful race,
Secure without a hiding place.

4. But thus th’ eternal counsel ran,
Almighty Love, arrest that man!
I felt the arrows of distress,
And found I had no hiding place.

5. Indignant justice stood in view,
To Sinai’s fiery mount I flew,
But Justice cried with frowning face,
This mountain is no hiding place!

6. But a celestial voice I heard,
A bleeding Savior then appeared;
Led by the Spirit of His grace,
I found in Him a hiding-place.

7. On Him the weight vengeance fell,
That else sunk a world to hell;
Then, O my soul, forever praise
Thy Savior God, thy hiding-place!

8. Should storms of sevenfold vengeance roll,
And shake this earth from pole to pole;
No flaming bolt could daunt my face,
For Jesus is my hiding place.

9. A few more rolling suns at most,
Shall land me safe on Heaven’s coast.
There I shall sing the song of grace,
To Jesus Christ, my hiding place!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2620

Author: J. Brewer

John Hyatt Brewer was an organist and composer; born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 18th 1856. For 7 years he was boy-soprano in various churches; and he was a vocal pupil of Walter, Cutler, and Wilder. He learned pianoforte and harmony from R. Navarro, and organ-playing under Diller, Caulfield, Whitely, and Dudley Buck (he was pupil of the latter for 5 years, in organ and composition). In 1871 Brewer began his career as organist at the City Park Chapel, passing to the Church of the Messiah (for 4 years), Clinton Avenue Congregational Church (for 4 years), and finally (in 1881) to the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church as organist and director, which office he held at least until 1899. He was an active member of the New York Musical So… Go to person page >

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Author: J. Brewer



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