Sunday, July 19, 2020

He lifted me

Charles Hutchinson Gabriel wrote He Lifted Me, which was published in Revival Hymns: a Collection of New and Standard Hymns for Gospel and Social meetings, Sunday schools and Young People’s Societies in 1905 (Daniel B. Towner, Charles M. Alexander, Chicago, IL: Bible Institute Colportage Association). Charlotte G. Homer is credited with the words; that is one of several pseudonyms used by Gabriel. It is meter with chorus of 8s.

1. In loving-kindness Jesus came,
My soul in mercy to reclaim,
And from the depths of sin and shame
Through grace He lifted me.

2. He called me long before I heard,
Before my sinful heart was stirred,
But when I took Him at His word,
Forgiv’n, He lifted me.

3. His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
When from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
In love He lifted me.

4. Now on a higher plane I dwell,
And with my soul I know ’tis well;
Yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me.

From sinking sand He lifted me,
With tender hand He lifted me;
From shades of night to plains of light,
Oh, praise His Name, He lifted me!

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