Scripture Verse

Lay hold upon the hope set before us, which…we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:18–19

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
1820–1915

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Co­ro­na­tion Hymns (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ed­win O. Ex­cell, 1910), num­ber 6.

Music: Ed­win O. Ex­cell (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edwin O. Excell
1851–1921

Lyrics

Lay hold on the hope set be­fore you,
And let not a mo­ment be lost,
The Sav­ior has pur­chased your ran­som,
But think what a price it hath cost!

Refrain

Lay hold on eter­nal sal­va­tion,
Lay hold on the gift of God’s on­ly Son;
Lay hold on His in­fi­nite mer­cy,
Lay hold on the Migh­ty One!

Lay hold on the hope set be­fore you,
Of life that you now may re­ceive,
If, glad­ly His mer­cy ac­cept­ing,
You tru­ly re­pent and be­lieve.

Refrain

Lay hold on the hope set be­fore you,
Of joy that no mor­tal can speak;
It tell­eth of rest for the wea­ry,
Through Je­sus, the low­ly and meek.

Refrain

Lay hold on the hope set be­fore you,
A hope that is stead­fast and sure;
O haste to the bless­èd Re­deem­er,
The lov­ing, the per­fect and pure.

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