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Hymn History: Jesus Paid It All.
One Sunday morning Elvina Hall was sitting in the choir section at her chu rch, Monument Street Methodist Church, in Baltimore, Maryland. She wasn't exactly bored with the sermon that Pastor George Schrick was preaching, but while he spoke about Jesus, Elvina's mind drifted to what Jesus had done for us and realized that Jesus had truly paid the entire price for our sins.
The words to our hymn "Jesus Paid It All," were
born that morning and the only thing Elvina had
to write the words on was the inside cover of her
hymnbook. Later, when she gave the words to her
pastor she found out that the organist had just
written a tune and both words and tune fit perfectly together. The hymn was published in 1879.
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The Lyrics: Jesus Paid It All.
I hear the Savior say, "Thy strength indeed is small!
Child of weakness, watch and pray, find in Me thine all in all."
Lord, now indeed I find Thy pow'r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone.
For nothing good have I whereby Thy grace to claim-
I'll wash my garments white in the blood of Calv'rys Lamb.
And when before the throne I stand in Him complete,
"Jesus died my soul to save," my lips shall still repeat.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain-
He washed it white as snow.