There’s a sweet and blessèd story

There’s a sweet and blessèd story. Julia H. Johnston* (1849-1919). Apart from ‘Marvelous grace of our loving Lord’*, this is Julia Johnston’ best known hymn. Entitled ‘He Ransomed Me’, and dated 1916, it still bears the marks of her earlier engagement with the Torrey-Alexander evangelistic campaigns, with their concentration on individual salvation (‘to rescue me’). The refrain breaks the mould with its unexpected reference to the ‘miry clay’, from Psalm 40: 2 (‘He brought me up…out of the miry clay’). It had four stanzas: There’s a sweet and blessèd story Of the Christ who came from glory   Just to rescue me from sin and misery. He in loving kindness sought me And from sin and shame...

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