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Lord of Glory, Who Hast Bought Us

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1 Lord of Glory, You have bought us
With Your life-blood as the price,
Never grudging for the lost ones
That tremendous sacrifice;
And with that have freely given
Blessings countless as the sand
To th'unthankful and the evil
With Your own unsparing hand.

2 Grant us hearts, dear Lord, to give You
Gladly, freely, of Your own.
With the sunshine of Your goodness
Melt our thankless hearts of stone
Till our cold and selfish natures,
Warmed by You, at length believe
That more happy and more blessed
'Tis to give than to receive.

3 Wondrous honor You have given
To our humblest charity
In Your own mysterious sentence,
"You have done it all to Me."
Can it be, O gracious Master,
That You deign for alms to sue,
Saying by Your poor and needy,
"Give as I have giv'n to you"?

4 Lord of glory, You have bought us
With Your life-blood as the price,
Never grudging for the lost ones
That tremendous sacrifice.
Give us faith to trust You boldly,
Hope, to stay our souls on You;
But, oh, best of all Your graces,
With Your love our love renew.

Source: Lutheran Service Book #851

Author: Eliza S. Alderson

Alderson, Eliza Sibbald, née Dykes, granddaughter of the Rev. Thomas Dykes, of Hull, and sister of the Rev. Dr. Dykes, born in 1818, and married, in 1850, to the Rev. W. T. Alderson, some time chaplain to the West Riding House of Correction, Wakefield. Mrs. Alderson is the author of the following hymns, the first of which is likely to attain a commanding position:— 1. And now, beloved Lord, Thy soul resigning. [Passiontide.] A hymn of more than usual merit, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, written in 1868 at the request of Dr. Dykes. In 1875, stanzas i., ii., v. and vi., were given in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, No. 121, with a special tune Commendation by Dr. Dykes. The full original text is restored in Thring's… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord of Glory, who hast bought us
Title: Lord of Glory, Who Hast Bought Us
Author: Eliza S. Alderson
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord of glory, Who hast bought us. [Almsgiving.] Written in 1864, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, and published in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868, No. 372, and repeated in the revised edition 1875, No. 367, Mrs. Alderson says, "It was the very strong feeling that a tithe of our income was a solemn debt to God and His poor, which inspired it." Dr. Dykes’s tune "Charitas" was composed for this hymn. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



One of the most loved Welsh tunes, HYFRYDOL was composed by Rowland Hugh Prichard (b. Graienyn, near Bala, Merionetshire, Wales, 1811; d. Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, 1887) in 1830 when he was only nineteen. It was published with about forty of his other tunes in his children's hymnal Cyfaill y Cant…

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The Cyber Hymnal #3701
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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Christian Worship #486

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #459

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #707

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Lutheran Service Book #851


Lutheran Worship #402


The Cyber Hymnal #3701

Include 54 pre-1979 instances
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