I am, saith Christ, your glorious Head

I am, saith Christ, your glorious Head

Author: John Newton
Tune: ABIDING GRACE
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 "I am," saith Christ, our glorious head
(May we attention give),
“The resurrection of the dead,
The life of all that live.

2 "By faith in Me, the soul receives
New life, though dead before;
And he that in My name believes,
Shall live, to die no more.

3 "The sinner, sleeping in his grave,
Shall at My voice awake;
And when I once begin to save,
My work I ne’er forsake."

4 Fulfill Thy promise, gracious Lord,
On us assembled here;
Put forth Thy spirit with the Word,
And cause the dead to hear.

5 Preserve the power of faith alive,
In those who love Thy name;
For sin and Satan daily strive
To quench the sacred flame.

6 Thy power and mercy first prevailed,
From death to set us free;
And often since our life had failed
If not renewed by Thee.

7 To Thee we look, to Thee we bow;
To Thee for help we call;
Our life and resurrection Thou,
Our hope, our joy, our all.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11926

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: I am, saith Christ, your glorious Head
Author: John Newton

Notes

I am, saith Christ, your glorious Head. J. Newton. [Easter.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 116, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “The Resurrection and the Life." The most popular form of the hymn is that given to it by Cotterill in the 8th edition of his Selection, 1819, No. 18. This is composed of stanzas iv., ii., v.-vii. in the order named, and altered to, "Pour down Thy Spirit, gracious Lord." It is in extensive use, and sometimes as: "Pour out Thy Spirit," &c. Another form was given in Stowell's Manchester Selection, 1831, p. 87, and is still in common use. It begins, "Fulfil Thy promise, gracious Lord," and is composed of stanzas iv.-vi., and slightly altered. --John Julian Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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The Cyber Hymnal #11926
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