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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Hymn by Calvin

I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
My only Trust and Saviour of my heart,
Who pain didst undergo for my poor sake;
I pray Thee from our hearts all cares to take.

Thou art the King of mercy and of grace,
Reigning omnipotent in every place:
So come, O King, and our whole being sway;
Shine on us with the light of Thy pure day.

Thou art the life, by which alone we live,
And all our substance and our strength receive;
Sustain us by Thy faith and by Thy power,
And give us strength in every trying hour.

Thou hast the true and perfect gentleness,
No harshness hast Thou and no bitterness:
O grant to us the grace we find in Thee,
That we may dwell in perfect unity.

Our hope is in no other save in Thee;
Our faith is built upon Thy promise free;
Lord, give us peace, and make us calm and sure,
That in Thy strength we evermore endure.

- by John Calvin, 1545; translated by Elizabeth L. Smith, 1868, alt.

This hymn reinforces my suspicion that the mere sovereignty of God may not be the preeminent feature of Calvin's theology. I wonder if his soteriology, at least, was driven more by a firm faith in God's absolute saving strength and goodness?

Here is the original version, nicely sung and played by Zachary Harris.

And a contemporary version by Brian Moss.


  1. I know there's a traditional tune for this in the Genevan Psalter. Do you know of any contemporary arrangement for it? Thanks, brother.

  2. Hey Barry,

    I was working on a tune for this over the weekend, but it's probably never going to be published.

    However, Brian Moss offers a nice upbeat version here:

    The original is better in my opinion, at least the way it is done in this video:

    I'm going to add both videos to the post.



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