To God Be the Glory -Fanny J. Crosby

Much of the work of the famed "Aunt Fanny" centered on the Christian experience, speaking of prayer, hope, guidance, faith and more.  These lines depart from her usual pattern, centering exclusively on the exalting of God himself.

Written in the early 1870s, the song saw moderate popularity in England thanks to Ira Sankey and the Moody evangelistic campaigns of the same era.

In America, however, the song was scarcely published for eighty years.  After seeing the song's usefulness and success in a London campaign, Cliff Barrows (song leader of Billy Graham) brought it to Nashville, Tennessee in 1954. That spark blew into a wildfire that burned the lines into the familiarity it enjoys today.

With a tune by William Doane penned specifically for these lines, To God Be the Glory has circled the world in praise of the Creator.
1.  To God be the glory, great things he hath done,
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
Who yield-ed his life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

2.  O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To ev’ry believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

3.  Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear his voice,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice.
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give him the glory, great things he hath done.


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