The Hiding Place

Hail sovereign love! that first began

Author: J. Brewer
Tune: HIDING PLACE (Leavitt)
Published in 151 hymnals

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1 Hail sovereign love, that first began
The scheme to rescue fallen man;
Hail, matchless free eternal grace,
That gave my soul a hiding place.

2 Against the God that built the sky,
I fought with hands uplifted high;
Despised the mansions of his grace,
Too proud to seek a hiding place.

3 Enwrapt in dark Egyptian night,
And fond of darkness more that light,
Madly I ran the sinful race,
Secure without a hiding place.

4 But lo! the eternal council rang,
Almighty love arrests the man;
I felt the arrows of distress,
And found I had no hiding place!

5 Vindictive justice stood in view,
To Sinai's fiery mount I flew;
But justice cried with frowning face,
This mountain is no hiding place!

6 But lo! a heavenly voice I heard,
And mercy's angel soon appeared:
He lead me on a pleasing pace,
To Jesus Christ, my hiding place!

7 Should seven fold storms of vengeance roll,
And shake this globe from pole to pole:
No thunder-bolt shall daunt my face,
While Jesus is my hiding place!

8 On him almighty vengeance fell,
Which else had sunk a world to hell;
He bore it for his chosen race,
And thus became a hiding place!

9 Roll on, thou sun, in rapid haste,
And bring me to that constant feast,
Where mirthful songs of sovereign grace,
Are sung to him the hiding place.

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

Author: J. Brewer

John Hyatt Brewer was an organist and composer; born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 18th 1856. For 7 years he was boy-soprano in various churches; and he was a vocal pupil of Walter, Cutler, and Wilder. He learned pianoforte and harmony from R. Navarro, and organ-playing under Diller, Caulfield, Whitely, and Dudley Buck (he was pupil of the latter for 5 years, in organ and composition). In 1871 Brewer began his career as organist at the City Park Chapel, passing to the Church of the Messiah (for 4 years), Clinton Avenue Congregational Church (for 4 years), and finally (in 1881) to the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church as organist and director, which office he held at least until 1899. He was an active member of the New York Musical So… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hail sovereign love! that first began
Title: The Hiding Place
Author: J. Brewer
Language: English

Notes

Hail, sovereign love, that first began. J. Brewer. [Christ the Hiding Place.] First appeared in the Gospel Magazine, Oct. 1776, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and signed "Sylvestris." It was given in full in J. Middleton's Hymns, 1793, No. 279; in Williams and Boden, 1801, No. 226; in undated editions of the Lady Huntingdon Collection, No. 328, and others. Rippon, in the 27th edition of his Selection, 1827, No. 172, Pt. ii., set the example of abbreviation, and this example has been followed in almost all modern collections in Great Britain and America. In addition to abbreviated text there are also three altered forms of the hymn:—
1. Hail, sovereign love, that first began. No. 645 in the first edition of Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833. This had undergone considerable alteration, and further changes were made in the enlarged edition, 1841.
2. Hail, sovereign love, that form'd the plan. This is in somewhat extensive use in America, including Beecher's Plymouth Collection 1855, No. 548; Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865, No. 450, and others.
3. Hail, boundless love, that first began. In the Methodist Free Church Sunday School Hymns, 1860, No. 62.
Full original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 87.

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