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When first the God of boundless grace

When first the God of boundless grace

Author: Samuel Stennett
Published in 29 hymnals

Representative Text

1 When first the GOD of boundless grace
Disclos'd his kind design,
To rescue our apostate race
From mis'ry, shame, and sin;

2 Quick, through the realms of light and bliss,
The joyful tidings ran;
Each heart exulted at the news,
That GOD would dwell with man.

3 Yet 'midst their joys they paus'd awhile
And asked with strange surprise,
"But how can injur'd justice smile;
"Or look with pitying eyes?

4 ["Will the Almighty deign again
"To visit yonder world;
"And hither bring rebellious men,
"Whence rebels once were hurl'd?

5 "Their tears, and groans, and deep distress
"Aloud for mercy call;
"But ah! must truth and righteousness
"To mercy victims fall?"

6 So spake the friends of GOD and man,
Delighted, yet surpris'd;
Eager to know the wond'rous plan,
That wisdom had devis'd.]

7 The Son of GOD attentive heard,
And quickly thus reply'd,
"In me let mercy be reve'd,
"And justice satisfy'd.

8 "Behold! my vital blood I pour,
"A sacrifice to GOD;
"Let angry justice now no more
"Demand the sinner's blood."

9 He spake, and heaven's high arches rung,
With shouts of loud applause;
"He dy'd," the friendly angels sung,
Nor cease their rapturous joys.

Source: A New Selection of Hymns; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations, as a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #48

Author: Samuel Stennett

Samuel Stennett was born at Exeter, in 1727. His father was pastor of a Baptist congregation in that city; afterwards of the Baptist Chapel, Little Wild Street, London. In this latter pastorate the son succeeded the father in 1758. He died in 1795. Dr. Stennett was the author of several doctrinal works, and a few hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When first the God of boundless grace
Author: Samuel Stennett
Language: English



Instances (1 - 29 of 29)

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d170

A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d351

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #21

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #26

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #212

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #21

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d249

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A Selection of Hymns #87

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Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs #146

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #23

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d483

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #36

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #LXIII

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d608

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #LV

The Good Old Songs #d623

The Good Old Songs #37

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #739

The Southern Psalmist #d924

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d973

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