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Surpassing great the gift of God

Surpassing great the gift of God

Translator: John Brownlie (1911)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Surpassing great the gift of God
To erring mortals given,
A way that, from their dark abode,
Leads to the light of heaven.

O Christ Who art the living way,
Plant Thou my feet therein,
And lead me lest I go astray
In luring paths of sin.

Too long I’ve found a sad delight
In wandering from Thy care,
Nor feared the sudden fall of night,
The darkness, and the snare.

O Jesus Christ, to Thee my soul
In conscious weakness clings;
Teach me to seek the kind control
That peace and safety brings.

And lead me upwards day by day,
Till, night and danger past,
I reach by Thee the living way,
The Father’s house at last.

Hymns from the Morningland, 1911

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Surpassing great the gift of God
Translator: John Brownlie (1911)
Publication Date: 1911
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.