HYMN DAY! The words to “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” by Francis R. Rowley appear in two versions. The older version, set to music by Rowland H. Pritchard, has three long verses and no chorus; the newer version, set to music by Peter B. Bilhorn, is probably the tune that will fill your head as you read the words. But if you know the tune for “Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners,” you’ll be able to sing the verses straight through. There’s a little hymn history for you. *wink*
1 I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me.
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.
I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.
2 I was bruised, but Jesus healed me;
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.
Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s paths I often tread,
But the Savior still is with me;
By His hand I’m safely led.
3 He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
Where the loved ones I shall meet.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.