Were You At Calvary? {hymns of the Cross}


This is the fourth of twenty-six hymns in this series.  For the archive of this topic, Hymns of the Cross, click here.

If memory serves me correctly, this is the first hymn I learned to play on the piano.  It is one of few written in the key of C, which makes it easier to play than many of the old hymns.

According to Robert J. Morgan’s hymn history Then Sings My Soul, vol. I, At Calvary was written in 1895, by William R. Newell, a professor at Moody Bible Institute.  He gave the verses to Daniel B. Towner, director of music at Moody.  Together they make the familiar testimony of God’s saving grace … At Calvary.

At Calvary

                  Years I spent in vanity and pride, Caring not my Lord was crucified,   Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

              By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned, Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

                 Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus ev’rything; Now I gladly own Hm as my King; Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.

         O the love that drew salvation’s plan!  O the grace that brought it down to man!  O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

                 Chorus:   Mercy there was great and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

—-Willam R. Newell

Took awhile before I found what I was looking for. Putting my favorite one first. This one is the purest, easiest for me to sing along with. I don’t know who Glenn Cantrell is, do you? Here he is, singing At Calvary.

And here is the Mennonite choir, which is always one of my favorites.

Here’s Gary Chapman, with his A Hymn A Week.

And lastly, the professionals, the Collingsworth family.

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