Scripture Verse

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Introduction

Words: Va­ri­ous­ly at­trib­ut­ed to Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar or Cates­by Pa­get (though the con­sen­sus of hym­nals points to Bo­nar).

Music: Ev­an Will­iam H. Ha­ver­gal, 1847. Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son in New Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know when this hymn was writ­ten, or where to get a good picture of Pa­get (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Lowell Mason
1792–1872

Lyrics

A mind at perfect peace with God,
Oh! what a word is this!
A sinner reconciled through blood;
This, this indeed is peace!

By nature and by practice far,
How very far from God!
Yet now by grace brought nigh to Him,
Through faith in Je­sus’ blood.

So near, so very near to God,
I cannot nearer be;
Yet in the person of His Son
I am as near as He.

So dear, so very dear to God,
More dear I cannot be;
The love where with He loves the Son:
Such is His love to me!

Why should I ever careful be,
Since such a God is mine?
He watches o’er me night and day,
And tells me Mine is thine.