Scripture Verse

Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things. 1 Corinthians 8:6


Words & Mu­sic: Al­bert B. Simp­son, 1904 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Albert B. Simpson (1843–1919)


Once it was the bless­ing,
Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feel­ing,
Now it is His Word;
Once His gift I want­ed,
Now, the Giv­er own;
Once I sought for heal­ing,
Now Him­self alone.


All in all for­ev­er,
Jesus will I sing;
Everything in Je­sus,
And Je­sus ev­ery­thing.

Once ’twas pain­ful try­ing,
Now ’tis per­fect trust;
Once a half sal­va­tion,
Now the ut­te­rmost;
Once ’twas cease­less hold­ing,
Now He holds me fast;
Once ’twas con­stant drift­ing,
Now my an­chor’s cast.


Once ’twas bu­sy plan­ning,
Now ’tis trust­ful pray­er;
Once ’twas anx­ious car­ing,
Now He has the care;
Once ’twas what I want­ed,
Now what Je­sus says;
Once ’twas con­stant ask­ing,
Now ’tis cease­less praise.


Once it was my work­ing,
His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him,
Now He us­es me;
Once the pow’r I want­ed,
Now the Migh­ty One;
Once for self I la­bored,
Now for Him alone.


Once I hoped in Je­sus,
Now I know He’s mine;
Once my lamps were dy­ing,
Now they bright­ly shine;
Once for death I wait­ed,
Now His com­ing hail;
And my hopes are an­chored
Safe with­in the veil.