1 Sav'd by blood I live to tell,
What the love of Christ has done;
He redeem'd my soul from hell,
Of a rebel made a son:
Oh! I tremble still to think
How secure I liv'd in sin;
sporting on destruction's brink,
Yet preserv'd from falling in.
2 In his own appointed hour,
To my heart the Saviour spoke;
Touch'd me by his spirit's pow'r,
And my dang'rous slumber broke;
Then I saw and own'd my guilt:
Soon my gracious Lord reply'd--
"Fear not, I my blood have spilt,
'Twas for such as thee I died."
3 Shame and wonder, you and love,
All at once possess'd my heart;
Can I hope thy grace to prove,
After acting such a part?
"Thou hast greatly sinn'd, he said,
But I freely all forgive;
I myself thy debt have paid,
Now I bid thee rise and live."
4 Come, my fellow sinners, try,
Jesu's heart is full of love;
Oh, that you, as well as I,
May his wond'rous mercy prove!
He has sent me to declare,
All is ready, all is free:
Why should any soul despair,
When he sav'd a wretch like me.
John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumultuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >
George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…
Display Title: Saved By Blood, I Live To TellFirst Line: Saved by blood I live to tellTune Title: ST. GEORGE'S WINDSORAuthor: John NewtonMeter: 77.77 DSource: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3