I Once Was a Stranger to Grace

Representative Text

1 I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah, my Saviour, seemed nothing to me.

2 When free grace awoke me by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety, in self could I see;
Jehovah, Thou only my Saviour must be.

Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #243

Author: Robert Murray M'Cheyne

McCheyne, Robert Murray, son of Adam McCheyne, W. S., was b. at Edinburgh, May 21, 1813, and educated at Edinburgh University. In 1835 he became Assistant at Larbert,near Stirling, and was ordained in 1836 Minister of St. Peter's Established Church, Dundee. In 1839 he went to Palestine as one of the Mission of Enquiry to the Jews from the Church of Scotland. He d. at Dundee, March 25, 1843. His hymns, a few of which were written in Palestine, appeared in his Songs of Zion to cheer and guide Pilgrims on their way to the New Jerusalem, By the late Rev. B. M. McCheyne....Dundee, W. Middleton, 1843. These hymns were reprinted in his Memoir and Remains, edited by Dr. Andrew A. Bonar, 1844. The Songs as reprinted in 1844 number 14, and date from… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I once was a stranger To grace and to God
Title: I Once Was a Stranger to Grace
Author: Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

I once was a stranger to grace and to God. R. M. McCheyne. [The Lord our Righteousness.] Appeared in the Scottish Christian Herald, March, 1836, in 7 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "Jehovah Tsidkenu," "The Lord our Righteousness—The watchword of the Reformation," and signed "Larbert. . . R. McC." In 1844 it was included by A. Bonar in his Memoir & Remains of McCheyne, p. 582, and dated "November, 18, 1834." Its use, especially in America, is extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

GORDON (Gordon)

In 1870 Featherstone's text came to the attention of Adoniram J. Gordon (b. New Hampton, NH, 1836; d. Boston, MA, 1895), an evangelical preacher who was compiling a new Baptist hymnal. Because he was unhappy with the existing melody for this text, Gordon composed this tune; as he wrote, "in a moment…

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[I once was a stranger to grace and to God] (Palmer)


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Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d385

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Christian Hymns to be used by the Children of God. 2nd ed. #d93

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #550

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Full Salvation Hymnal #d61

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Garnered Gems of Sunday School Song #145

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Gospel Voices #d44

Grace and Glory Carols #d52

Happy Greetings to All #d108

Harvest Bells No. 1 #d31

Holiness to the Lord #d66

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #520a

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #475

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #215

Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada with Accompanying Tunes #d135

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d128

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #442

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #711

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Hymns of Blessing for the Living Church #236

Hymns of Calvary, a Choice Collection of Old and New Century Hymns and Songs #d97

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Hymns of Grace and Truth #265

Hymns of Grace and Truth. 2nd ed. #d138

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Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern #207

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International Song Service #243

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Life and Service Hymns #236

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Life-Time Hymns #220

Melodies of Grace and Truth #12

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Messages of Love Hymn Book #28

New Praises of Jesus #d45

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Our Praise in Song #61

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Palmer's Book of Gems for the Sunday School #109

Plymouth Collection #d29

Praise in Song #d68

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #840

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Redemption Songs #351

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Riches of Grace a Collection of New Songs and Standard Hymns #17

Sacred Songs and Solos #735

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Sacred Songs for Social Worship #117

Select Songs for the Singing Service in the Prayer Meeting and Sunday School #d115

Select Songs for the Sunday School #d116

Song Treasury #d65

Songs for the New Life #d273

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad476

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b924

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #924

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #924

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Songs for the Sanctuary #924

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Songs for the Sanctuary #924

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Songs of Pentecostal Power #d38

Songs of Refreshing Nos. 1 and 2 Combined. Rev. #d66

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Songs of Refreshing #24

Songs of Spiritual Power; Songs that Win #d58

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Songs of the Church #427

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Songs of the Kingdom #11

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Sons of Praise #30

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Tears and Triumphs No. 3 #45

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d359

The Advent Christian Hymnal. Rev. #d141

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The Baptist Praise Book #1035

The Bible Hymn Book #d93

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The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs #350

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d378

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The Cyber Hymnal #3025

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The Epworth Hymnal No. 2 #117

The Go Ye Hymnal #d48

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The Manual of Praise for Sabbath and Social Worship #301

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #707

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #279

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #279

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #326

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #326

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #271b

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d444

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The Song Evangel #d87

The Song Evangel #ad87

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Worship in Song #458

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