I hear the Savior say

I hear the Savior say. Elvina Mable Hall* (1820-1889). Written in 1865 at Monument Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore, during a long prayer by the pastor. JJ quotes (p. 1568), presumably from the author herself, that it was ‘written on the fly-leaf of the New Lute of Zion in the choir of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore’. It is said (in HymnQuest) that it was written ‘during a long prayer by the pastor’. The hymn was given to the pastor, who gave it to the church organist, John T. Grape (1835-1915). Grape then wrote the tune, sometimes given the name ALL FOR CHRIST. Hall’s original text is printed in Reynolds, 1976, pp. 99-100: I hear my Savior say Thy strength indeed...

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