This is the very first Christian Hymn I learned and sang.
Back in the summer of 1965.
The sweet thing is that I was 11 yo. And my younger sister
and I were new to the neighborhood. One neighborhood
family behind us invited us over to play in their yard.
We played on the swing set with the Reedy’s for hours. And they
loved to sing! This is the first song they taught a couple of
Catholic girls who didn’t know any better. LOL
When my sister and I went home for dinner, my mother
said, ‘That’s a Protestant song’. I ‘knew’ they were wrong
because they weren’t Catholic. But there was something about
that song, and their brief explanation of trusting Christ.
I didn’t understand this ‘trusting Christ’.
And I didn’t understand the meaning of the song till 10 years later.
But before being saved in 1975, I would often sing it in my little deceived heart.
And in all my Catholic schooling, I had no clue what these meant:
‘grace was free’,
‘pardon there was multiplied to me’,
‘trembled at the law I’d spurned’,
‘guilty soul imploring’,
‘grace that brought it down to man’,
‘mighty gulf that God did span’,
Here it is, with music but no singing.
by William R. Newell and Daniel B. Towner
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 at Calvary.
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.
Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!