Hymn History: At Calvary Born in Savannah, Ohio. William Newell was an evangelist,
Bible teacher and served for a time as
assistant superintendent of Moody
Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois .
One day while Newell was on his way
to teach a class, he thought about what
Christ had done for him on the cross.
The words to "At Calvary" came to him and he quickly entered an empty classroom and penned them down on the only available paper he had, an old envelope. He gave the words to Daniel Towner, who was the director of music at the school. Within an hour, our hymn, "At Calvary" was born. In 1895 it was published and Christians around the world have sang this testimonial as their own.
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Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
By God's Word at last my sin I learn,
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.
Now I've giv'n to Jesus everything;
Now I gladly own Him as my King;
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.
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!
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty, At Calvary.