Jesus Paid it All, the Song and the Story

Lyrics Elvina Hall, Music John T. Grape Writes Jesus Paid it All

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The words to the song Jesus Paid It All were written by Elvina Hall (1822-1889) in 1865. Elvina was a member of the Monument Street Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. The Choir Director of the same church was John Thomas Grape (1835-1915). Unaware of Elvina's composition, Grape composed a tune he called All To Christ I Owe.

The pastor of Monument Street Methodist Church, Rev. George W. Schreck heard the music written by Grape and immediately thought of the verse written by another of his parishioners, Elvina Hall. At the pastor's suggestion, Hall's lyrics and Grape's music were combined, and then sent to Professor Theodore Perkins, publisher of the periodical Sabbath Carols. The hymn quickly became a favorite and has been published in and sung from hymnals across America ever since.

Jesus Paid It All

I can hear the Savior say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray
Find in me thine all in all

Refrain:
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow

Refrain

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone

Refrain

For nothing good have I Whereby Thy grace to claim I'll wash my garments white In the blood of Calvary's Lamb
Refrain

And when before thy throne I stand in Him complete Jesus died my soul to save My lips shall still repeat

Refrain

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17).

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Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen

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