Grace! ’tis a charming sound

Grace! ’tis a charming sound. Philip Doddridge* (1702-1751). First published as no. 286 in Hymns founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures (Salop, 1755), published after Doddridge’s death by his friend Job Orton, with the title ‘Salvation by Grace. Eph ii.5’. With characteristic felicity and plainness, the hymn illustrates the text: ‘Even when we were dead in sins, [God’s love] hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)’. It uses the word ‘charming’ to denote not only something attractive, but something that has wonderful powers, like a charm used as a spell. The hymn was altered and added to by Augustus Montague Toplady* in his Psalms and Hymns (1776), producing...

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