Marvellous Grace

The author of this song is Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born in 1849 in Salineville, Ohio. Her father was pastor of the First Presbyterian church. She was one of the most prolific hymn writers of her day. She is reported to have composed nearly five hundred hymns or songs, and she also wrote materials for Sunday school children. The hymns that she wrote include, In the Child Garden; O Changeless Word; Saving Grace; There’s a Picture Bright and Fair, and There’s a Sweet and Blessed Story1.

Marvellous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the Refuge, the Mighty Cross.


Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a Crimson Tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.


Marvellous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe;
All who are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?


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