At Calvary Lyrics
Author: William R. Newell (1895)
1 Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty–
2 By God’s Word at last my sin I learned–
Then I trembled at the Law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary. [Refrain]
3 Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus ev’rything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary. [Refrain]
4 O the love that drew salvation’s plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary. [Refrain]
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At Calvary Hymn History
‘At calvary’ was composed by William R. Newell in 1895. It was composed while he was working for the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
He had been called to work at Moody Institute by Dwight Moody himself to work as Assistant Superintendent under R. A Torrey.
He says the words of this hymn came to him while on his way to teach a class at the Institute.
He immediately found an empty class and jotted down the words of the hymn on the back of the envelope.
He wrote many other hymns such as “I sing of the love of my father”, “O sinner, come list to the voice” and “As God’s right hand my Savior stands”.
William Reed Newell was born on 22 May 1868 in Savannah Ohio.
He was a well-known Princeton and Orbelin trained bible theologian of his age and many flocked to hear his city-wide bible classes.
He is the author of popular commentaries such as Romans Verse by Verse, The Book of Revelation and Hebrews Verse-by-Verse.