A Hymn by Him?

This is my first attempt at hymnwriting. Please be kind.

To the tune of “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” Or, if you remove the chorus, it can be sung to the tune of “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him.”

Righteous Savior, holy splendor,
pre-incarnate Deity;
Pure and holy, pre-existent,
molder of Eternity.

He is Risen! He is Risen! Jesus Christ, alive today!

God embodied human nature,
Glory to humility;
As His blood was shed for our sins
on a cross at Calvary.

Graced to me for Thy good pleasure
(Is it true? How can it be?);
Nought have I in mortal measure
but depraved ability.

Come unto the grave to see Him,
Thank Him for the life He gave.
Come like Peter, run to see Him
and behold the empty grave!


  1. Renee says:

    That is utterly beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Will it be sung sometime?

  2. Paul says:

    Thanks, Renee. I have actually been working on this for quite some time. There are more verses, but they don’t seem to flow as well. We sang a version of it at our church last Easter to the tune of “Praise the Savior Ye Who Know Him.”

  3. James Santos says:

    We have to sing your hymn at our church sometime soon. I love the hymn. I will have to practice this hymn piece on my piano this week!!!
    James Santos

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks, James. If you remove the chorus, it also works to the tune of “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him.”

    All: I consider it mediocre, but feel free to use it. I’m an ‘open-source’ hymnwriter. It’s hymnwriting 2.0.

  5. Kay Clowney says:

    [Editorial Note: this comment is in regard to the post: work: what is it good for? Or, have we become too human? but WordPress makes it difficult to move comments to a different post]

    I agree that vacations, in an ideal world, would not be necessary. Not living in an ideal world, I agree with cultivating and deepening relationships can best be done when the onus of work is not upon us. Yet, meaningful work is necessary for some since of fulfillment and the need to leave the world a little better than we found it. The key is in the balancing, which admittedly is easier in later life.

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