If you have attended an evangelical church for any length of time, no doubt you have sung this song during congregational worship. It was written by English pastor and theologian, Isaac Watts (1674-1748). We know nothing about the circumstances surrounding the writing of this song, but we do know that it was published in 1707. Watts published over 600 hymns including such songs as, "Joy to the World", "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past".
In 1885, Ralph Erskine Hudson an evangelist who lived from (1843-1901) set the words to the present tune, and added the chorus.
Fanny Crosby, said that this song was instrumental in her conversion. Leagh Matthews writes:
"Fanny Crosby, the beloved hymnist, attended a revival meeting in 1851. While there, the congregation sang Alas and did my Savior bleed for the invitational. Crosby was so moved that she prayed “There Lord, I give myself away…” She stated that afterwards she was a changed woman. Crosby would go on to write over 8,000 hymns. Many of these hymns such as Blessed Assurance and Draw Me Nearer are still sung today. All of this because Fanny Crosby was inspired by the words of Isaac Watts." Leagh Matthews
I have recorded two rounds of the song, using my Taylor 816 CE, and some software instruments on my iPad Pro. It you would like to purchase a copy of this MP3, with just the music, you can do so by going here . Thank you for listening!