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We sing the praise of him who died

We sing the praise of him who died. Thomas Kelly* (1769-1855). First published in Hymns by Thomas Kelly, not before Published (Dublin, 1815). It was headed ‘God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross: Galatians 6: 14’. In this text, verse 5 lines 3-4 were: ’Tis all that sinners want below; ’Tis all that angels know above. Kelly changed these lines in the Sixth Edition of his Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture (Dublin, 1826) to the form that is now used in most books: The sinner’s refuge here below, The angels’ theme in heaven above. This hymn is based on the same text as Isaac Watts*’s ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’*, and is one of the few hymns that can stand...

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